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What were the highest grossing Star Wars films?

Discover which are the 5 films belonging to the Star Wars universe that achieved the highest box office numbers in the franchise

This Saturday, the 4th, Star Wars Day is celebrated, a date on which fans of the franchise created by LucasFilm in the late 1970s can take advantage of special activations, events open to the public and various actions organized especially to praise the universe that, more than a science fiction plot, it became a cultural milestone and one of the first Blockbusters in the history of cinema.

After the release of ‘Tubarão’ (1975), by Steven Spielbergwere the plots ofGeorge Lucas which became the next to achieve great popularity and enormous financial profit, a feat achieved both by the innovation that the saga brings, with unusual visual effects for the time, and the plot, which captivated and continues to captivate countless fans around the world.

This is because the franchise focuses on a war between the Empire; which establishes its totalitarian regime with the villain Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine and has support from the Siths and the famous soldiers in white armor, called Stormtroopers; and the Republic, which wants a democratic government and can count on the Rebel Alliance and the Jedi Knights as supporters.

To tell this story, directed by George Lucasthe first two trilogies were released, set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, which address the political clash through the journeys of Luke Skywalker, a young farmer who discovers he is a Jedi, and Anakin Skywalker, a promising Jedi who assumes the identity of the feared Darth Vader after giving in to the dark side of the force.

Furthermore, there is a third, and most recent, trilogy, which hit the big screen in 2015, when the story gained new characters such as the heroine Rey, the former stormtrooper Finn and the cute droid BB-8, as well as a new filmmaker: JJ Abrams.

Since then, spin-offs and anthologies have also emerged. See the list of releases:

Original Trilogy

  • 1977: Episode IV – A New Hope
  • 1980: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  • 1983: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Prequel Trilogy

  • 1999: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • 2002: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (Episode II – Attack of the Clones)
  • 2005: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (Episode III – Revenge of the Sith)

Sequel Trilogy

  • 2015: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • 2017: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
  • 2019: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker


  • 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Spin off

  • 2018: Solo: A Star Wars Story

With almost fifty years of existence and more than ten films, the question arises: which were the highest-grossing films in Star Wars? RECREIO has gathered below the 5 films that raised the most money in ticket sales at the cinema (with values ​​not adjusted for inflation). Look:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2.070 billion

The synopsis reads: “As a new threat to the galaxy emerges, Rey, a scrap dealer, and Finn, a former Imperial soldier, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the only hope of restoring peace.”

2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1.33 billion

The synopsis says: “After encountering the mythical and reclusive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammil) on an isolated island, young Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks to understand the balance of the Force based on the teachings of the Jedi master. At the same time, Kylo Ren’s First Empire (Adam Driver) reorganizes to face the Rebel Alliance.”

3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): $1.06 billion

The synopsis reads: “In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes unite on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Empire’s greatest weapon of destruction.”

4. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999): US$1.03 billion

The synopsis reads: “While rescuing Queen Amidala, ruler of a peaceful planet invaded by threatening forces, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn discover Anakin Skywalker, a 9-year-old child prodigy who is exceptionally powerful in the Force.”

5. Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005): US$850 million

The synopsis says: “With the Clone Wars spreading across the Galaxy, the Sith Lord takes control of it and converts Anakin Skywalker to the Dark Side, becoming his new apprentice, Darth Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi faces his friend in a lightsaber duel.”

Source: Recreio

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