If you’re a fan of the Star Wars franchise, you may be curious to know which movie in the series made the most money. The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think, as there are different ways to measure box office success. Let’s take a closer look.
Domestic Box Office
In terms of domestic box office (meaning ticket sales within the United States), the highest-grossing Star Wars movie is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Released in 2015, this film brought in a staggering $936.7 million domestically.
Worldwide Box Office
When looking at worldwide box office (ticket sales globally), there’s a different winner. That title goes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well, which made over $2 billion worldwide.
However, when adjusting for inflation, the highest-grossing Star Wars movie is actually the original film from 1977 – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This movie has made over $1.5 billion when adjusted for inflation.
The Top Five Highest-Grossing Star Wars Movies Worldwide:
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $2.07 billion
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $1.33 billion
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $1.05 billion
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – $1.03 billion
- Star Wars Episode VII: Attack of the Clones – $868 million
So, which Star Wars movie made the most money? It depends on how you look at it.
If you’re only considering domestic box office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes the top spot. But if you’re looking at worldwide box office or adjusting for inflation, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope comes out on top. Regardless of how you measure success, there’s no denying that the Star Wars franchise has been a massive financial success over the years.