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Star Wars Earns $517 Million At Box Office, An All-Time Record

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned a mind-boggling $517 million in worldwide box office sales this weekend, breaking the all-time record for a movie opening.

The movie made around $238 million in the U.S. and Canada alone, according to reports. That adds up to the record for Hollywood's biggest weekend ever, totaling over $300 million after factoring in other movies showing this weekend.

Other records the movie set: most money ever earned in a single day ($120.5 million on Friday), and biggest Thursday preview gross ($57 million).

Popular among those who skipped the J.J. Abrams-directed seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise: a new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie opened in second place earning $14.4 million, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy "Sisters" opened in third with $13.4 million.

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Two Bollywood releases also cracked the top 10 in North America this weekend: "Dilwale" and "Bajirao Mastani."