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Star Wars: The Force Awakens China box office opens to $33 million

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The Force has officially been awakened in China.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to an estimated $33 million in the country on Saturday, Disney said, marking the highest Chinese opening ever for the studio.

The numbers also set a record for the highest Saturday opening at the China box office in industry history, Disney added. Full estimates for the weekend will be released on Sunday.

In the U.S., The Force Awakens dethroned Avatar on Wednesday as the biggest domestic movie of all time, not accounting for inflation. As of Friday, the film boasts a domestic gross of $781 million.

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Over the course of its theatrical run, The Force Awakens has broken all kinds of records, setting a new marker for the biggest domestic debut of all time ($247.9 million). On its first day in theaters (including Thursday previews), it brought in a total of $119.1 million domestically, becoming the first movie in history to make $100 million in a single day. It also raced past Jurassic World to earn the biggest global debut, raking in $529 million in its first weekend. 

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