Every Star Wars Movie Ranked By Box Office Gross
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
Since A New Hope's debut in '77, Star Wars has taken the world by storm and been a box office juggernaut. With Solo: A Star Wars Story, the second spin-off in the franchise's history, releasing soon, we thought it would be a good idea to see just how well these movies have done in the theaters. Spoiler alert: Almost all of them did exceptionally well.
Using data from Box Office Mojo, we've ranked every Star Wars movie that had a theatrical release by its box office. In addition, movies older than 10 years had their numbers adjusted for inflation accordingly. Without that adjustment, it won't reflect how impactful these movies were for their time, especially A New Hope.
If you want some more Star Wars goodness, there's a live-action Star Wars series coming as well as a whole new trilogy from Rian Johnson. We got so excited that we came up with a few solo films we'd like to see.
Solo is in theaters now. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi'Ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Recently, Glover gave a tour of the Millenium Falcon, which looks clean as a whistle, compared to the times we've see it in other Star Wars films.
11. The Clones Wars (2008)
The animated feature served as a lead-in to the animated series of the same name: The Clone Wars. While it had a large theatrical release, it didn't make a lot of money. This is probably because this movie is nothing more than a pilot for an excellent TV series, but not a great stand-alone entity.
10. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Solo had one of the worst opening weekends for any Star Wars movie, taking in $168 million globally. Interestingly enough, it opened on Memorial Day weekend, which--in the past--was a great weekend for movie openings.
9. Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Say what you want about the prequels--more bad than good obviously--but even the movie that made the lowest amount in the theaters, still came pretty close to the $1 billion mark. People went in droves to the theater to see Anakin Skywalker sulk.
Domestic: $310,676,740 [Adjusted For Inflation: $426,241,924]
Foreign: $338,721,588 [Adjusted For Inflation:$464,718,863]
Total: $649,398,328 [Adjusted For Inflation: $890,960,788]
8. Rogue One: A Story Wars Story (2016)
You know you have a successful franchise when your film has all-new characters and a brand-new story, and it still breaks $1 billion, even though it's one of the darkest Star Wars films to date.
7. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The final act in the prequel trilogy gave us the birth of Darth Vader, which is probably the reason it did a bit better than Episode II.
Domestic: $380,270,577 [Adjusted For Inflation: $480,583,735]
Foreign: $468,484,191 [Adjusted For Inflation:$592,067,585]
Total: $848,754,768 [Adjusted For Inflation: $1,072,651,321]
6. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
The final act in the original Star Wars trilogy brought in the least amount of money out of that lot, even though it had three separate theatrical releases.
Domestic: $309,306,177 [Adjusted For Inflation: $721,663,860]
Foreign: $165,800,000 [Adjusted For Inflation:$410,869,379]
Total: $475,106,177 [Adjusted For Inflation: $1,132,533,239]
Note: Return of the Jedi got three theatrical releases: 1983, 1985, and 1997.
5. Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
The Last Jedi had the second largest opening of all time, bringing in $220 million domestically. Look for these numbers to explode in the upcoming weeks because of the holidays and the fact the film opens in China on January 5.
4. Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
In 1999, people were hungry for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and because of this, it brought in $1.5 billion at the box office. And during this time, people everywhere loathed the antics of Jar Jar Binks.
Domestic: $474,544,677 [Adjusted For Inflation: $682,116,537]
Foreign: $552,500,000 [Adjusted For Inflation:$818,532,397]
Total: $1,027,044,677 [Adjusted For Inflation: $1,500,648,934]
Note: The Phantom Menace had two theatrical releases: 1999 and 2012.
3. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Arguably one of--if not the--best movies in the franchise is Empire Strikes Back, and while it didn't pull in the same numbers as A New Hope, it did exceptionally well.
Domestic: $290,475,067 [Adjusted For Inflation: $765,135,253]
Foreign: $247,900,000 [Adjusted For Inflation:$742,553,763]
Total: $538,375,067 [Adjusted For Inflation: $1,507,689,016]
Note: Empire Strikes Back got three theatrical releases: 1980, 1982, and 1997.
2. Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
People were pretty excited to have a new film in the Star Wars franchise--one that wasn't telling the origins of characters we already know and love. Because of this, The Force Awakens pulled in an incredible $2 billion during its theatrical run.
1. Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
The original Star Wars took the world by storm. In 1977, people were lining up around the block to see it, and when adjusted for inflation, it pulled in $2.7 billion. It's doubtful another film will take the top spot.
Domestic: $460,998,007 [Adjusted For Inflation: $1,503,659,950]
Foreign: $314,400,000 [Adjusted For Inflation:$1,280,526,297]
Total: $775,398,007 [Adjusted For Inflation: $2,784,186,247]
Note: A New Hope got three theatrical releases: 1977, 1982, and 1997.