Box Office Sales of Star Wars Films

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How Much Money Has Star Wars Made?

When Star Wars was first released in 1977 it had a slow start but then word of mouth spread and suddenly the film was a LITERAL blockbuster.

People were queuing around the block to see the film. It was making ticket sale records by the week.

Back then, you couldn't book tickets to see films on your cell phone, you had to do it the old fashion way and if you wanted to see the film at a peak demand time period, you had to take a place on the sidewalk.

Anyways ticket sales were massive and Star Wars (before it became known as A New Hope) became one of the biggest money-making movies ever.

Collectively, the 12 Star Wars films on this list have a worldwide cume of over 10 billion dollars.

Star Wars Box Office Sales:

Film Title
U.S. Year of Release
Box office gross All-time ranking
Estimated Budget
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide U.S. and Canada Worldwide
The Skywalker Saga
Star Wars May 25, 1977 $460,998,507 $314,613,557 $775,512,064 19 98 $11,000,000
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back May 21, 1980 $290,371,960 $257,607,494 $547,975,067 98 182 $18,000,000
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi May 25, 1983 $309,306,177 $166,040,934 $475,306,177 82 231 $32,500,000
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace May 19, 1999 $474,544,677 $552,538,030 $1,027,044,677 17 42 $115,000,000
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones May 16, 2002 $310,676,740 $338,859,618 $649,436,358 80 140 $115,000,000
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith May 19, 2005 $380,270,577 $469,765,058 $850,035,635 44 78 $113,000,000
Star Wars: The Force Awakens December 18, 2015 $936,662,225 $1,132,561,399 $2,068,223,624 1 4 $245,000,000
Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 15, 2017 $620,181,382 $713,358,507 $1,333,539,889 9 12 $317,000,000
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker December 20, 2019 $495,154,801 $534,600,000 $1,029,754,801 15 40 $275,000,000
Spin-off movies
Star Wars: The Clone Wars August 15, 2008 $35,161,554 $33,121,290 $68,282,844 2,370 $8,500,000
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story December 16, 2016 $532,177,324 $524,879,949 $1,056,057,273 12 35 $265,000,000
Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25, 2018 $213,767,512 $179,157,295 $392,924,807 189 311 $300,000,000

Star Wars Box Office Ticket Sales Facts

  • Six months after it's release,  it was the number one box office champion in North American history, having overtaken Steven Speilberg's Jaws in revenue. It held that record until Speilberg's follow up to Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial claimed it back. 
  • If you adjust ticket sale prices for inflation, then Star Wars is the 4th highest-grossing film in history, sitting behind Gone With the Wind, Avatar, and Titanic.
  • Side Fact – Lucas put ET aliens in The Phantom Menance.  
  • When the Special Edition of Star Wars: A New Hope was released, ticket sales saw it go up to number two on the all-time list until Titantic drowned it. 
  • JJ Abram's turn at the helm, The Force Awakens sits at number 10 on the adjusted for inflation list. 
  • That said and even though Avengers Endgame is the current number one box office champ worldwide, The Force Awakens is the number one film in the North American market. That's some pretty good mojo eh!
  • 5 Star Wars films have been the highest-grossing films for their release year – the original Original Trilogy films, The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi.

Which Star Wars Actor Has the Highest Film Grosses?

This is a trick question. You would think given the success of his career and his many movie hits, that Harrison Ford would have sold the most tickets when you add up every movie he's been in.

But the Star Wars character that has sold the more tickets than Ford when you add up all the sales of the movies they have been in?

Well.

You know that guy in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo tells that guy he's “see him in Hell!” When that guy is actually a well known actor called John Ratzenberger.

You may know him as Cliff from the classic comedy show, Cheers.

Your kids might know him as Mr Potatoe Head from Toy Story and just about every single Pixar film. That's right, his voice over work means that he is the Star Wars actor with the highest career box office gross!

But.

Hold.

On.

To.

Your.

Buts.

The truth is that Mace Windu himself has a higher earnings total than Force – that's right Samuel L Jackson has had more earnings – three Star Wars prequels, a turn as Frozo in The Incredibles and various other big selling tent pole such as a few Avengers films, Spider Man, Captain Marvel et al have it over Harrison Ford.

Ford is actually twelve on the all time list, Jackson 2.

Mark Hamill comes in about number 50 when you add in the recent billion-dollar performance of The Rise of Skywalker and Carrie Fisher 45 (she had a better post Star Wars career than Hamill).

The number one player across all films? It's cameo king Stan Lee who has appeared in most of the Marvel films until his death. 

How Star Wars Box Office Numbers are calculated 

The nominal value of the ticket price is added multiplied by the number of tickets sold to arrive at the Box Office gross. 
This form of Box Office is thus a measure of success using the current value of a dollar.
An inflation-adjusted box office will adjust the current measure to a consistent value of a ticket, removing the effect of inflationary ticket prices. 
The adjusted inflation value can thus give an insight into how popular a film is across generations – and that box office champ is Gone With the Wind
One reason to account for this is the time in which it was released – it was considered a brilliant film and also that it didn't have to compete in the current movie industry where it would have faced many competitors which meant it was screened forever.

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