The adjusted gross revenues of the Star Wars movies make the first disappointments seem much more impressive, and recent success stories seem completely inferior. However, while it could have been hugely profitable and perhaps even grossed close to a billion dollars, there is no way it would have reached the figures that previous Star Wars movies have achieved. Adjusted for inflation, the ranking of the highest-grossing Star Wars movie looks very different. This makes early disappointments seem much more impressive and recent success stories seem completely inferior.
All of the original box office figures are taken from Box Office Mojo, and the official inflation calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was used to adjust the figures. Disney was doing something right or something drastically wrong when its Star Wars spin-off film, Rogue One, ended up making more than one of the films in the Skywalker saga proper. Unfortunately, it turned out that was the latter, as the sequel trilogy ended up being too incoherent. However, that doesn't detract from the success of Rogue One, which features some great new characters and has been the closest thing to a true Star Wars.
The Last Hour is an epic battle and a visual spectacle, and it can be argued that it is the best Star Wars movie made by Disney. But it would be interesting to see how much less the film would have won at the box office if it hadn't presented that creepy and fascinating hallway scene. The film still has the typical problems of the entire prequel trilogy, such as poor green-screen effects and harsh interpretation, but it's an epic conclusion to a narrative that fans had been following for nearly 30 years. And even though it made hundreds of millions less than a couple of Disney's Star Wars movies, let's adjust it for inflation, it's technically much more successful.
With the prequel trilogy as an exception, which is largely due to being a big reward for a decades-long promise, there seems to be a small trend in the Star Wars movies. The final films of the trilogies are the least successful. Just as Rise of the Skywalker was the least successful, Return of the Jedi was also the lowest grossing of the original trilogy. The reasons why both films didn't do as well as their predecessors aren't that different.
Even though Rise of Skywalker is a much more obvious example, it's incredibly difficult to make a trilogy. And no matter how perfect the ending of the movie is, there will always be a group of fans who wanted it to end differently. The 1983 three-sequel has become as much of a classic as the first two movies, but at the time, Ewoks and the Emperor weren't enough to make the numbers for A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back. But compared to other non-Star Wars movies, the resounding success of Return of the Jedi is a phenomenal success.
It seemed like everyone was so excited about the first Star Wars movie in 16 years that emotion clouded their judgment at the time. But even though the film is riddled with uninteresting conversations about taxes, it's still full of exciting sequences, such as capsule races. And Darth Maul had already become an icon thanks to the film's incredible marketing campaign. It's an incredible feat that The Force Awakens achieved more than Empire, even when adjusted for inflation, and that's largely because, as with The Phantom Menace, fans were hungry for new Star Wars movies.
But it's also due to a lot of marketing, fan service, and doing something new. Due to release schedules, especially in the case of films released at the end of the year, and to the different release patterns around the world, many films can run in two or more calendar years; therefore, the gross revenues documented here are not limited only to the year of release. The presence of Darth Vader undoubtedly helped director Gareth Edwards, but it was a test for Star Wars that he hadn't faced before. With the creation of countless Star Wars television shows and diluting the excitement of new releases, it's impossible to imagine people being so excited about a title in this franchise again.
The Clone War failed to capture the attention of the fanbase or the mainstream audience and premiered at number three at the box office behind newcomer Tropic Thunder and current box office champion The Dark Knight. SW The gross revenue of the first issue of Star Wars does not include revenues from the 1997 special editions; however, the figure does include revenues from reissues prior to special editions. As a result, there are many people who can say that they have watched several Star Wars movies during their initial theatrical releases, and they gladly buy one ticket at a time. While technically a couple of Star Wars movies made more money, the fact that A New Hope gave rise to such a lucrative franchise means that it is arguably worth more than any other release.
Star Wars was an event that everyone saw and became part of the cultural spirit for generations. The expectation to see new films after a hiatus of more than a decade and a half meant that The Phantom Menace far surpassed the critical consensus in terms of ticket sales, but starting with Attack of the Clones, box office performance has reflected quite closely the critical consensus for the most part. Directed by Irvin Kershner, Episode V exceeded expectations and became a true cinematic classic that proved that Star Wars was more than a one-time success. During the silent film era, war-themed films enjoyed popularity among the public: The Birth of a Nation (American Civil War), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Great Parade and Wings (all of them from the First World War) became the most successful films of their respective release years, and the trend came to an end with All Silence on the Western Front in 1930.
In addition to that, old Star Wars movies were not initially released on such a massive global scale as is customary today, when the Chinese market contributes significantly to the global box office. . .