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We already knew Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to make a lot of money. It’s Star Wars, after all. But who knew that the seventh installment would gross $100 million in one day? That’s the Friday estimate, according to USA Today.
With that number, the film just took the record for highest grossing Friday opening ever. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 previously reigned by earning $91.1 million in July 2011. The Force Awakens also beat the record for Thursday night previews by taking in $57 million.
Avert your eyes, 20th Century Fox executives. The newest Star Wars installment made three times as much money in two days than Fantastic Four did during the entirety of its disastrous $56 million box office run.
Despite massive success, Disney executives are remaining super chill about everything. "We are obviously very encouraged by the record-breaking presales for Star Wars," Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Walt Disney, said Friday.
Yes, these numbers are quite encouraging.