STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS–Already More Popular than Titanic and Jurassic World

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh chapter in the space opera, made $34 million on Friday, putting its domestic gross on track for close to $750 million by the end of the holiday weekend.

“Force Awakens” has already overtaken domestic box office leaders “Titanic” (previously No. 2 with $658.7 million) and “Jurassic World” (formerly No. 3 with $652 million). It’s expected to exceed “Avatar’s” record of $760.5 million early next week, with some expecting the win as early as Monday.

“Star Wars” fans might have found themselves conflicted by the recent media storm over series creator George Lucas telling Charlie Rose that he sold the series to “white slavers.” He then quickly apologized, claiming that “Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise.”

He elaborated: “I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks.”