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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.

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