‘Force Awakens’ on path for $100M Friday, $200M-plus weekend

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NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co. is forecasting that “The Force Awakens” will make more than $100 million in North America on Friday and is headed for a weekend total beyond $200 million.

Disney says the new “Star Wars” film will possibly overtake the $208.8 million record of “Jurassic World” set in June, based on the robust box office receipt of Friday matinees. A $100 million day would best the previous one-day high of $91.1 million, set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

“The Force Awakens” has already set a new record for Thursday night previews with an estimated $57 million from showings that began at about 7 p.m. Thursday.