Box office figures for Friday have confirmed the biggest week for a film in cinema history, with the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens taking in $1.1 billion in North America and $1 billion globally.
The film is expected to hit $10 billion worldwide on Friday.
The previous record for a US release was $895 million set in 2012, when Furious 7 made $932 million.
It is the biggest Friday of the year and the first weekend in a decade to open to a $10.5 billion total in North and South America.
“The Force Awakens” opened to $3.3 billion in its opening weekend in 2016.
Last year, Furious 7 was the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film ever, with $6.2 billion in the US and $7.6 billion in Canada and the Caribbean.
In the UK, “The Force” is expected this weekend to open at £2.1 million on Friday and £1.8 million on Saturday, and to gross £2 million.
The film has been a huge success for Disney.
Last year, the film earned more than $5.4 billion worldwide, making it the fourth highest grossing film of all time, behind only Avatar ($8.5B) and The Hobbit ($8 billion).
The Force also has the widest release ever, making $11.4 million from 744 screens in 52 countries, including the UK.