The final numbers aren't in, but it looks pretty clear that Star Wars: The Force Awakens scored the biggest Thursday-night opening of all time at the North American box office, with a number that might have reached $60 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams' epic installment was aiming at a $50 million-$55 million opening when the film began rolling out in North American theaters at 7:00 PM. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was the previous Thursday-night champ, earning $43.5 million domestically in July 2011.
Meanwhile, PostTrak's exit poll service indicates that 71 percent of Thursday night attendees were male, with 53 percent over the age of 25. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is getting the widest December release of all time, and will appear in 4,134 theaters by Friday (Dec. 18).
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will clearly surpass the biggest December opening of all time (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey holds the domestic record with $84.6 million). The film will also challenge this year's Jurassic World, which holds the record for biggest domestic opening of all time with $208.8 million. The Force Awakens could reportedly earn between $180 million-$220 million by the end of the weekend.