"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" shatters the domestic box office record with an estimated $238 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales through Sunday. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The 'force' is record strong this opening weekend for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The newest installment of the Star Wars franchise set a domestic box office record with $238 million dollars in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales.

The film is set 30 years after the "Return of the Jedi" and stars familiar characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

It also introduces new heroes Rey and Finn to lead a younger generation of new Star Wars fans.

The film took in $517 million around the world.

Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill Actors Harrison Ford (L) and Mark Hamill arrive at the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in Hollywood, California December 14, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The animated Alvin and the Chipmunks returned to the box office this weekend with its fourth installment.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" brought in $14.4 million dollars.

At third place, comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler team up as siblings throwing a party in their childhood home before it goes on sale in the film "Sisters".

The film earned $14.4 million.