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

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

 

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