'Force Awakens' on path for record $200M-plus weekend

Staff Writer

By the Associated Press

NEW YORK – "The Force Awakens" fever spread through movie theaters around the globe on Friday, even reaching the White House, as "Star Wars" yet again began toppling box-office records with waves of lightsaber-wielding fans.

Following a record $57 million from Thursday night showings in North America, and packed matinees on Friday, the Walt Disney Co. forecast that "The Force Awakens" will surpass $200 million on the weekend and possibly best the record domestic opening of "Jurassic World," which debuted with $208.8 million in June.

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