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Star Wars The Force Awakens breaks records with $57M Thursday preview

Nothing can stop “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the box-office this week. The highly anticipated seventh installment to the long-running series broke domestic records this week with a $57 Million run over Thursday previews.

The previous record was held by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” that film earned just under $43.5M in 2011 when it reported its Thursday previews. Playing true to form, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also beat “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” the previous champion of Thursday single day openings. Episode III held the title with $50M and now sits at number two.

On the international side of the box-office, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” began screening late Wednesday night. The film opened across 12 markets and made $72M internationally in just two-days. The film has now expanded to 32 markets.

Put that together and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has earned just about $130 million in it’s early debut, an amazing feat for a film that is only growing.

If you are wondering if you should see the film in 3D (assuming you are one of the few that hasn’t seen it yet) fans seemed split on that decision. Among the night’s take, the 3D version only accounted for 47% of the total gross, showing that fans are still a little tepid when hitting the 3D versions. That may be because of ticket prices or availability across the markets. Overall, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” earned $5.7M from IMAX screenings, which is another high-note for the film. That $5.7M is enough to break the previous record of $3M held by “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Though with more IMAX theaters opening across the country, that record could easily be broken time and time again until the market stops expanding.

Estimates put the weekend gross of the film between $200 and $250M by Sunday, depending on just how far the typical Saturday and Sunday drops are. The final box-office estimates will land this Sunday, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the top of the charts.

Retailers like Amazon are already allowing you to pre-order digital copies of Star Wars: The Force Awakens starting today. You can find the digital version and its free goodies below.

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