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Star Wars - statistics & facts

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, one of the most successful movie franchises of all time was born. The year 1978 saw the release of the very first Star Wars film, “Episode IV: A New Hope”, which made over 775 million U.S. dollars at the global box office. Created by George Lucas’, Star Wars is now among the highest grossing film franchises in the world with a total worldwide box office revenue of over ten billion U.S. dollars. Several of the movies generated over one billion dollars each worldwide, which is fortunate given that production costs for Star Wars films often exceed 200 million U.S. dollars.

Star Wars box office records

After the franchise’s first movie grew to become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, it was followed by the sequels “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980, and “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, with all three constituting the original Star Wars trilogy. A sequel trilogy was started in 2015 with the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which cost 245 million U.S. dollars to produce. Thankfully, this enormous investment paid off. "The Force Awakens" generated over two billion U.S. dollars in box office revenue worldwide, and is the most successful movie of all time in North America with over 936 million U.S. dollars in box office revenue. The film also holds third place in a ranking of highest box office opening weekends in North America, after Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”. Looking at Star Wars box office results to date, despite many more successful releases not one film has outperformed “The Force Awakens”, with only “The Last Jedi” coming close.

Star Wars audience preferences

In a 2019 survey among American adults, the majority of the respondents stated that their favorite Star Wars movie was “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.” Unsurprisingly, some of the most popular Star Wars characters include the core group of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca. Other favorites are Yoda, R2-D2, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader.


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