Star Wars: The Last Jedi has managed to set a record for the second-biggest Thursday night opening in North America.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was previously the second-highest with $43m. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened a year ago to $29m at Thursday night previews.
Johnson recently gave an enthusiastic response after being asked whether a Star Wars episode might be given to a female or non-white director.
The director was speaking at a press conference in London when he was asked about it, the BBC reports.
“Hell yes, it's time,” he responded. “There are so many incredibly talented female directors, directors of colour out there, and so many that I would love to see play in this universe.”
Every Star Wars film from George Lucas has been directed by a white man. But The Last Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens were both praised for starring a female lead character and featuring a diverse main cast.