Star Wars The Force Awakens breaks box office records

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New Star Wars movie The Force Awakens has, predictably, broken the records for the biggest box office weekend debut in the US with ticket sales of £159.7m.

The film also broke UK box office reckords with opening weekend takings of £7.5m.

The movie took an estimated £347m in its first three days. In the UK, the film grossed £9.6m on its opening day (Thursday) including £2.4m from midnight screenings.

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The figure exceeded the previous best of £9.48m set by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

The film has already overtaken the lifetime totals of several hit movies include the first Hunger Games and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.