Out-of-this-world start at box office for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The new instalment of the Star Wars saga is on course for the biggest North American debut of all-time, according to studio estimates.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought in a galactic 238 million US dollars (£159 million) over the weekend.
The Walt Disney film's earnings destroy the previous opening record set by Jurassic World, which drew 208.8 million US dollars (£140.1 million) this summer.
A few other movies tried to compete against JJ Abrams' seventh chapter in George Lucas' space saga.
Almost a galaxy away, the animated Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip came in second with 14.4 million US dollars (£9.6 million)
In third place, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters earned an estimated 13.42 million US dollars (£9 million) in its opening weekend.