Until we know how successful Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi is at the box office, these are the Top 10 biggest Star Wars hits to date:
10. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi Special Edition (1997)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 353,096,720
The film Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi (Special Edition) was re-released of the original movie Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) with changes in 1997, and this version was later released on VHS and DVD format in 2004.
9. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi (1983)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 475,106,177
Storyline: After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor’s trap.
Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors Star Wars movies, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy.
8. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 538,375,067
Storyline: After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
The Empire Strikes Back initially received mixed reviews from critics upon release but the film’s reputation improved over the years, and Episode V is now widely considered one of the best films of all time.
7. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Trilogy Special Edition (1997)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 579,646,015
The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition was a theatrical anniversary edition of the original trilogy, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
The trilogy aimed to renew the movies in the minds of both the older and the younger audience, and to prepare the way for the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).
6. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones (2002)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 649,398,328
Storyline: Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.
Though Attack of the Clones was a financial success, it was nevertheless overshadowed by the even greater box-office success of The Phantom Menace three years earlier.
5. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 775, 398, 007
Storyline: Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Star Wars was released in 1977 and quickly became a blockbuster hit, surpassing Jaws (1975) to become the highest-grossing film at the time until the release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
4. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 848,754,768
Storyline: Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was the second most financially successful film of 2005, behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
3. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 1,027,044,677
Storyline: Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.
The Phantom Menace was 1999’s most successful film, surpassing Independence Day (1996) and Titanic (1997) respectively.
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 1,055,494,429
Storyline: The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.
In 2017, the film became Disney’s fourth of 2016 to earn $1 billion in ticket sales, joining Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia and Finding Dory.
1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Box Office (US$ Worldwide): 2,068,223,624
Storyline: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his young allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is the fourth-fastest film to reach $500 million worldwide gross in 5 days.