Since its inception in 1977, Star Wars has become one of the most beloved and successful movie franchises of all time. With a total of nine episodic films, two standalone films, and an animated movie under its belt, Star Wars has earned billions of dollars at the box office over the years.
But which Star Wars movie made the most money adjusted for inflation? Let’s find out!
Star Wars: A New Hope
Released in 1977, Star Wars: A New Hope was the first installment in the original trilogy and is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. It tells the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they battle against Darth Vader and the evil Empire. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.
The Empire Strikes Back
Considered by many to be the best Star Wars movie ever made, The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980 as the second installment in the original trilogy. It continues the story of Luke Skywalker’s journey to become a Jedi Knight while battling against Darth Vader and his army. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned $897 million worldwide.
Return of the Jedi
Released in 1983 as the final installment in the original trilogy, Return of The Jedi sees Luke Skywalker confront his father Darth Vader once more while trying to save his friends from Jabba The Hutt’s clutches. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned $771 million worldwide.
The Phantom Menace
In 1999, George Lucas released The Phantom Menace, which serves as a prequel to Star Wars: A New Hope. It tells the story of young Anakin Skywalker before he becomes Darth Vader and the events that lead up to the original trilogy. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned $1.1 billion worldwide.
Attack of the Clones
Released in 2002, Attack of the Clones is the second installment in the prequel trilogy and follows Anakin Skywalker as he becomes a Jedi Knight and falls in love with Padmé Amidala while also facing off against the Separatist movement. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned $630 million worldwide.
Revenge of the Sith
The final installment in the prequel trilogy, Revenge of The Sith, was released in 2005. It shows Anakin Skywalker’s descent into darkness as he becomes Darth Vader and helps execute Order 66, which sees most of the Jedi wiped out. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned $868 million worldwide.
The Force Awakens
After a long hiatus, Star Wars returned to theaters in 2015 with The Force Awakens. It introduces new characters such as Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren while also bringing back beloved characters like Han Solo and Chewbacca. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned an impressive $1 billion worldwide.
The Last Jedi
Released in 2017, The Last Jedi continues where The Force Awakens left off as Rey seeks to learn more about her powers while also trying to bring Kylo Ren back from the dark side. It has earned $1 billion worldwide adjusted for inflation.
The Rise of Skywalker
The final installment in the sequel trilogy and overall Skywalker saga is The Rise of Skywalker, which was released in 2019. It brings an end to Rey’s journey while also wrapping up the story of the original trilogy characters. Adjusted for inflation, it has earned $551 million worldwide.
After analyzing all the numbers, it’s clear that Star Wars: A New Hope made the most money adjusted for inflation, earning an incredible $1. It’s not surprising given that it was the first Star Wars movie and kickstarted the franchise that we all know and love today. However, it’s worth noting that all of the Star Wars movies have been incredibly successful at the box office and have cemented their place in pop culture history.