“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Earns Record Thursday Night

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a record opening, earning a staggering $72.7 million in its first two days for a global tally closing in on $130 million.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the J.J. Abrams-directed film debuted with a record-breaking $57 million in Thursday night previews at the North American box office... shattering the previous record.

The previous champ was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Part 2, the final film in the franchise, which earned $43.5 million in Thursday previews in July 2011. The Dark Knight Rises took in $30.6 million in 2012, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 took in $30.4 million, also in 2012.

Early numbers are pointing to a historic box office debut, with The Force Awakens expected to eclipse the $208.8 domestic debut of Jurassic World, which released over the summer.