The Star Wars franchise has been a box office powerhouse since the release of the very first movie in 1977. Over the years, we’ve seen Jedi, Sith, and a whole host of other characters grace the big screen.
But just how much money have all of these movies made? Let’s take a closer look.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Released in 1977, this movie was the one that started it all. Directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, it introduced us to the world of Star Wars and became an instant classic. In total, A New Hope has grossed over $775 million worldwide.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The second installment in the original trilogy was released in 1980. Directed by Irvin Kershner and once again starring Hamill, Ford, and Fisher, this movie is often considered to be one of the best in the franchise. It has grossed over $547 million worldwide.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The final installment in the original trilogy was released in 1983. Once again directed by Lucas and starring Hamill, Ford, and Fisher, this movie wrapped up the story arc of our favorite heroes while introducing new characters like Jabba the Hutt and Ewoks. Return of the Jedi has grossed over $475 million worldwide.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
In 1999, we were introduced to a whole new generation of Star Wars fans with The Phantom Menace. Starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman among others, this prequel tells the story of how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. The Phantom Menace has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The second prequel was released in 2002. Directed by Lucas and starring McGregor, Portman, and Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, this movie delves deeper into the political intrigue that sets the stage for the fall of the Jedi. Attack of the Clones has grossed over $653 million worldwide.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The final movie in the prequel trilogy was released in 2005. Once again directed by Lucas and starring McGregor, Portman, and Christensen, this movie shows us how Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader while bringing an end to the Clone Wars. Revenge of the Sith has grossed over $868 million worldwide.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
In 2015, we returned to a galaxy far, far away with The Force Awakens. Directed by J.J. Abrams and featuring new characters like Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren alongside old favorites like Han Solo and Chewbacca, this movie was a smash hit at the box office. The Force Awakens has grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
The eighth installment in the franchise was released in 2017. Directed by Rian Johnson and once again featuring returning characters like Rey and Kylo Ren as well as Luke Skywalker himself, this movie pushed the franchise into new territory while still delivering on all of its classic elements. The Last Jedi has grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
The final movie in the Skywalker saga was released in 2019. Directed by Abrams and featuring all of our favorite characters from the previous movies, this movie brought the story of the Jedi and the Sith to a close while introducing new elements like the Sith Eternal. The Rise of Skywalker has grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
As you can see, the Star Wars franchise has been a massive success at the box office. With a total gross of over $10 billion worldwide, it’s clear that fans just can’t get enough of this epic space opera. Whether you’re a fan of the original trilogy, the prequels, or the new movies, there’s no denying that Star Wars has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena in history.