These Are the Star Wars Movies That Made the Most Money in Theaters
Star Wars has become a staple of nerd culture and pop culture for people all over the globe. The very first movie in the Star Wars franchise released in 1977, and over the last 40+ years the franchise has debuted a total of 11 movies, with a 12th set to be released in December of this year. The first three of these were considered to be the “original trilogy,” with two future generations being released in sets – one generation beginning in 1999, and the other in 2015.
But despite his seemingly unstopping popularity, some of the Star Wars movies have done significantly better in theaters than their counterparts. But which ones are these? Here we have listed the Star Wars movies that made the most money in theaters. Note that this list is comprised of true earnings, and does not account for inflation.
1) ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’
Released on December 18th, 2015, this movie marked the third series of Star Wars movies – much to the glee of fans everywhere. It proved to be a smart move to continue with the franchise after so many years untouched, because Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens ended up being the highest grossing franchise film in terms of box office sales. It made $2,053,311,220 in the global box office. On opening weekend alone, it netted $247,966,675.
2) ‘Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’
Another of the franchise’s newest generation films, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi debuted on December 15th, 2017. It brought in $1,316,721,747 in the global box office, with $220,009,584 being earned in the opening weekend alone.
3) ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’
This is one of the few Star Wars movies that do not follow the typical ‘Episode…’ formatting for the title, and it is aptly named Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. When it debuted on December 16th, 2016 (yes, another new generation film) it brought in $1,049,102,856 at the global box office, which proved to be enough to make it the third highest grossing Star Wars film without accounting for inflation. Opening weekend was successful, netting $155,081,681.
4) ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’
This film debuted with significant time gaps to either side. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released on May 19th, 1999 – 16 years after it’s predecessor and three years before it’s successor. It also proved to be quite successful, with an opening weekend that earned $64,810,970 and total earnings at the global box offices of $1,027,044,677.
5) ‘Star Wars Episode II: Revenge of the Sith’
Star Wars Episode II: Revenge of the Sith debuted on May 19th, 2005 and earned $108,435,842 in it’s opening weekend alone. Overall, it earned a grand total of $848,998,877 in the global box offices.
6) ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’
This was the first of the franchise’s films to ever be released, way back on ay 25th, 1977. Back at the end of the 1970’s, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope earned $786,598,007 in the global box office, with $1,554,475 accounting for the opening weekend alone.
Keeping in mind that this list does not account for inflation, it’s interesting to note that if it did, the first Star Wars movie would also be the most successful. With inflation accounted for (and including re-releases, etc.), A New Hope would be worth approximately $1.6 billion.
7) ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’
We round out our list with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which hit theaters on May 16th, 2002. As the seventh most popular movie in the Star Wars franchise, it earned $665,695,615 in the global box office. Opening weekend saw earnings of $80,027,814.