"Star Wars" fans were out in full force Thursday night.
The long-awaited seventh film in the space saga --
That tops the previous record holder, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," which grossed $43.5 million from Thursday shows in July 2011.
Box office analysts went into the weekend expecting the new "Star Wars" from director
It remains to be seen if "The Force Awakens" will top the record $209 million that "Jurassic World" opened with in June.
Lines stretched around the block between Thursday showings of "The Force Awakens" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Pre-sales for the movie hit a staggering $100 million.
The film began its international rollout Wednesday and has grossed $72.7 million overseas so far, bringing its global cumulative box office to $130 million.