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Star Wars: The Force Awakens pulled in a record-breaking $57M last night

Take that, Harry Potter

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in a record-breaking amount of money last night during its Thursday preview screenings, Variety reports. The seventh Star Wars film made $57 million during its first showings, which theaters began to run at 7 p.m.

That's more than the $43.5 million that previous record-holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made during its Thursday night preview shows in July 2011. It's more than 70 times the box office draw of Sisters, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy that also held its first screenings last night. According to Variety, that film took in $769,000 last night.

The latest Star Wars film also set a new IMAX record, thanks to its $5.7 million draw on those screens.

The Force Awakens has several other records and notable numbers under its belt already. It became ticket seller Fandango's biggest-selling movie ever, the service announced yesterday, with $100 million of ticket pre-sales.

Check out our round-up of The Force Awakens' trailers before you see the movie, which officially opens today. If you've already seen it, read our review for our take; it's spoiler-free, so you can take a look even if you haven't watched the film yet, too.

And remember, Star Wars fans: Take care to avoid spoiling the film for others; it's what Harrison Ford would want.

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