Star Wars in numbers: which movie is the highest grossing?

The most money-making film might surprise you

A new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, opens today in the UK and the hype surrounding it suggests it will be the most popular yet.

The current highest-grossing film of the franchise is Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace, grossing $64.8m in the US on its opening weekend and more than $1bn dollars worldwide to date.

But how have the other films fared? We take a look:

Release dateMovieProduction budgetWorldwide box office
May 25, 1977Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope$11,000,000$786,535,665
May 21, 1980Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back$23,000,000$534,058,751
May 25, 1983Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi$32,500,000$572,625,409
May 19, 1999Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace$115,000,000$1,027,044,677
May 16, 2002Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones$115,000,000$648,200,000
May 19, 2005Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith$115,000,000$848,998,877
Aug 15, 2008Star Wars: The Clone Wars$8,500,000$68,695,443
Dec 18, 2015Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens$200,000,000$0 (so far!)

 

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Readers' comments (1)

  • These "highest grossing" numbers are pointless and irrelevant because they don't take inflation into account. The latest movie is likely to gross much more than the originals simply because the cost of a cinema ticket is much higher than it was in the 70s.

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