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11M Dollars to Produce First 'Star Wars' Movie

11M Dollars to Produce First 'Star Wars' Movie
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Friday, 15 December 2017 12:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s been 40 years since the first "Star Wars" movie introduced the world to Leia, Luke, and Han. That 1977 movie cost just $11 million to produce but generated $775 million in profits.[1]

It also created a blockbuster franchise leading to eight additional movies and ever larger budgets. Approximately $250 million was required to produce "The Last Jedi," which opens tonight. It’s expected to generate $1.5 billion in profits.

The most profitable "Star Wars" film to date was the 2015 movie "The Force Awakens," which effectively rebooted the series for a new generation. Its earnings topped the $2 billion mark. Still, for return on investment, nothing comes close to the original movie released four decades ago.

Footnotes:

  1. Statista, "The Money Forces Behind Star Wars Movies," December 8, 2017

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