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Star Wars movies: production costs and global box office revenue 1977-2019

Released in 1977, ‘A New Hope’ was the first film in the Star Wars franchise and had a production cost of 11 million U.S. dollars, achieving worldwide box office revenues of around 775 million U.S. dollars. One of the newest additions the franchise, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, ranks among the most expensive films of all time, with production costs in the hundreds of millions.

The Star Wars franchise

Star Wars is one of the most successful film franchises in the world. The series has produced some of science fiction’s most recognizable characters, songs and quotes, not to mention some of the highest grossing films ever made. Over the years the franchise has grown to include a wide range of movies, TV shows, video games, toys and books. Fans of the franchise rank ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ as their favorite film.

Continuing impact of Star Wars

Over forty years after the release of the first film, the series remains an important aspect of pop culture. The film series’ newest additions rank among the most talked about movies on social media, and a huge portion of U.S. adults have seen the franchise’s 2015 reboot, ‘The Force Awakens’.

Production costs and global box office revenue of Star Wars movies from 1977 to 2019

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

1977 to 2019

Special properties

publication date is the date of access

Supplementary notes

*The source does not provide data on the production budget.

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