By Andrea Towers
Updated December 18, 2015 at 05:44 PM EST

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

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As predicted, the Force was strong when Star Wars officially hit theaters on Thursday night.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted with an estimated $57 million in pre-shows, surpassing the previous record of $43.5 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

That sets The Force Awakenson track to potentially break the $208 million opening weekend record set by Jurassic World in June. J.J. Abrams’ film could also become the first movie to top $100 million in a single day, when it officially opens in 4,134 theaters Friday. As Fandago reported,The Force Awakens has already sold more tickets than any other movie ever on the service.

The last Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, grossed $108.4 million during its three-day opening weekend in 2005. The film, which debuted on a Thursday, earned $158.4 million after four days of release.

The Force Awakens is also proving to be huge at the international box office. It rolled out on Dec. 16 in 12 markets, followed by an additional 32 markets on Dec. 17, opening No. 1 in each and bringing its two-day international total to $72.7 million and a global total around $130 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now.

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

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