Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the highest grossing film in the franchise

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Wait, what? We could write for days about just how much of a runaway success Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been so far. And I really, really would, but Geoff has his finger on the button that would detonate the company micro-bomb that was surgically implanted into my skull during a mandatory workshop on dealing with stress.

What you want, is a comparison between films. A measuring stick to show you just how much of a hit Episode VII has been. Good news then: I’m nerdy and interested enough to actually dig up those numbers and do the maths needed to gauge how much the previous trilogies made when inflation has been added. Let’s get the ball rolling then.

First up, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently sitting on a worldwide gross of $1.9 billion so far. Or $1 983 560 846 to be super exact, as of today. It’s most likely going to break the $2 billion mark by this weekend, and is already the third highest grossing movie of all time, while James Cameron laughs about his success with Titanic and Avatar. Here’s how the rest of the saga has done so far:

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

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Original gross: $775 million

Adjusted for inflation: $3 billion

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Original gross: $538.3 million

Adjusted for inflation: $1.54 billion

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Original gross: $475 million

Adjusted for inflation: $1.13 billion

Star Wars: The Phantom menace (1999)

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Original gross: $1 billion

Adjusted for inflation: $1.46 Billion

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)

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Original gross: $649.3 million

Adjusted for inflation: $855.4 million

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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Original gross: $848.7 million

Adjusted for inflation: $1.029 Billion

You can’t beat the original flick which took the entire world by storm, but you can finish close in second place. According to that list then, the highest grossing Star Wars films of all time would unfold in this order:

  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Which is also a perfectly acceptable running order to watch the film in, according to numerous Reddit threads. And yes, Attack of the Clowns probably deserves that bottom-place position, solely because of the ridiculous mullet that Obi-Wan Kenobi sported during the entirety of that film while he trained Groot.

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Last Updated: February 2, 2016

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So basically the fourth awakens?

  • Interesting to see how the first was so much more of a cash cow than the following two… So a shit load of pepole are out there who don’t know that Vader is Jabba Hut’s brother?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Think of it this way: half the people who watched the first one thought it was a bunch of kak & didn’t go watch the sequel. heh.

      • I think half the people who saw it went and watched Star Trek: The Motion picture and got really confused.

  • Original Heretic

    Apply the Machete and just get rid of Phantom Menace already.

  • Random fact. Force Awakens is currently the only main Star Wars movie whose episode number matches up to its release.

    1: Episode 4: A new Hope
    2: Episode 5: The Empire strikes back
    3: Episode 6: Return of the Jedi

    4: Episode 1: The Phantom Horrible movie

    5: Episode 2: Attack of a slightly better sequel

    6: Episode 3: Revenge of the nearly decent movie

    7: Episode 7: The Force Awakens.

    • Jan Prins

      Raptor must be all giddy about now…

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        LOOOOL

        He actually told me that this is his favourite movie of the range.

        IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW

      • Vulcha

        Does that joke ever get old? It’s been like 2 years already.

    • DragonSpirit009

      So in other words Star Wars finally got their crap together and start showing stuff in the right order!

      • Ghost In The Rift

        Because in charge of planing Yoda was not *runs*

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          Because in charge *runs* of planing Yoda was not

          *fixed

  • miaau

    so, in broad-strokes, the same general plot is the winner then?

  • Darren Peach

    Those Jar Jar things don’t qualify for the dignity that this list has. Poor Blompkap made the same error or cardinal sin when he allowed Chappie to burn away any residual fan capital by virtue of the fact that he made that god awful mess. Jar Jar and Chappie are reserved for a special place in the sewer never to be thought of again. Fokken Prawns !

  • Spy Master Tokashi

    Are you sure it is correct?

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