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Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $290,271,960Details
International Box Office $243,900,000Details
Worldwide Box Office $534,171,960
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $21,453,747 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $2,111,734 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $23,565,481
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  2. News
  3. Box Office
  4. International
  5. Video Sales
  6. Cast & Crew
  7. Trailer

Metrics

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Movie Details

Production Budget:$23,000,000
Domestic Releases: May 21st, 1980 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
July 31st, 1981 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
November 19th, 1982 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
February 21st, 1997 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
International Releases: May 20th, 1980 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
July 24th, 2015 (Limited), released as Empire Strikes Back (Secret Cinema 2015), The (United Kingdom)
Video Release: September 12th, 2006 by Fox Home Entertainment, released as Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980 & 2004 versions)
MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi action violence
Running Time: 124 minutes
Franchise: Star Wars
Comparisons: vs. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Keywords: Visual Effects
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Production Companies: Lucasfilm
Production Countries: United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

RecordRankRevenueChart
Date
Days In
Release
Fastest Movies to Earn $250 Million at the Domestic Box Office 100 $262,895,196 Feb 28, 1997 6,130
Biggest February Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 64 $21,975,993 Feb 21, 1997 6,123
Biggest Weekends at the Domestic Box Office 1,147 $21,975,993 Feb 21, 1997 6,123
Biggest 65th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2 $2,077,984 Aug 14, 1981 453
Fastest Movies to Earn $200 Million at the Domestic Box Office 169 $200,877,589 Aug 14, 1981 453
Biggest 64th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1 $4,021,024 Aug 7, 1981 446
Biggest 63rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1 $7,001,282 Jul 31, 1981 439
Fastest Movies to Earn $150 Million at the Domestic Box Office 294 $188,355,137 Jul 31, 1981 439
Biggest 13th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 26 $4,321,216 Aug 15, 1980 89
Biggest 12th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 23 $4,554,679 Aug 8, 1980 82
Biggest 11th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 24 $5,758,789 Aug 1, 1980 75
Biggest 10th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 18 $7,130,000 Jul 25, 1980 68
Biggest 9th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 28 $6,721,000 Jul 18, 1980 61
Fastest Movies to Earn $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office 532 $105,714,000 Jul 18, 1980 61
Biggest 8th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 49 $6,652,858 Jul 11, 1980 54
Biggest 7th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 40 $8,309,772 Jul 4, 1980 47
Biggest 6th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 57 $9,217,874 Jun 27, 1980 40
Fastest Movies to Earn $50 Million at the Domestic Box Office 1,205 $55,686,501 Jun 20, 1980 37
Biggest 5th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 78 $10,840,307 Jun 20, 1980 33
Biggest June Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 426 $10,840,307 Jun 20, 1980 33
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,304 $3,606,000 Jun 13, 1980 26
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 1,659 $4,339,769 Jun 6, 1980 19
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 2,933 $4,910,483 May 23, 1980 5

Cast

   Luke Skywalker
   Hans Solo
   Princess Leia Organa
Billy Dee Williams    Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels    C-3PO
David Prowse    Darth Vader
Kenny Baker    R2-D2
Peter Mayhew    Chewbacca
Frank Oz    Yoda
Alec Guinness    Jedi Knight Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi
Jeremy Bulloch    Boba Fett/Imperial Officer at Cloud City
John Hollis    Lando's Aide
Jack Purvis    Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb    Snow Creature
Clive Revill    Voice of Emperor
Kenneth Colley    Captain/Admiral Piett
Julian Glover    General Veers
Michael Sheard    Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver    Captain Needa
John Dicks    Officer
Milton Johns    Officer
Mark Jones    Officer
Oliver Maguire    Officer
Robin Scobey    Officer
Bruce Boa    General Rieekan
Christopher Malcolm    Zev, Rogue 2
Dennis Lawson    Wedge, Rogue 3
Richard Oldfield    Hobbie, Rogue 4
John Morton    Dak, Luke's Gunner
Ian Liston    Janson, Wedge's Gunner
John Ratzenberger    Major Bren Derlin
Jack McKenzie    Deck Lieutenant
Jerry Harte    Head Controller
Norman Chancer    Officer
Norwich Duff    Officer
Ray Hassett    Officer
Brigitte Kahn    Officer
Burnell Tucker    Officer
James Earl Jones    Voice of Darth Vader

Production and Technical Credits

Director   
Screenwriter    Leigh Brackett
Screenwriter    Lawrence Kasdan
Based on a Story by    George Lucas
Producer    Gary Kurtz
Executive Producer    George Lucas
Production Designer    Norman Reynolds
Production Designer-Design Consultant and Conceptual Artist    Ralph McQuarrie
Editor    Paul Hirsch
Composer    John Williams
Director of Photography    Peter Suschitzky
Associate Producer    Robert Watts
Associate Producer    James Bloom
Production Supervisor    Bruce Sharman
Assistant Director    David Tomblin
Second Unit Director    Harley Cokliss
Second Unit Director    John Barry
Second Unit Director    Peter MacDonald
Art Director    Leslie Dilley
Art Director    Harry Lange
Art Director    Alan Tomkins
Set Decorator    Michael Ford
Second Unit Camera    Chris Menges
Second Unit Camera    Geoff Glover
Visual Effects Designer    Brian Johnson, Jr.
Visual Effects Designer    Richard Edlund
Visual Effects-Director of Photography    Dennis Muren
Visual Effects-Optical Photography Supervisor    Bruce Nicholson
Costume Designer    John Mollo
Costume Supervisor    Tiny Nicholls
Sound Mixer    Peter Sutton
Re-recording Mixer    Bill Varney
Re-recording Mixer    Steve Maslow
Re-recording Mixer    Gregg Landaker
Supervising Sound Effects Editor    Ben Burtt
Sound Editor    Richard Burrow
Sound Editor    Teresa Eckton
Sound Editor    Bonnie Koehler
Sound Designer    Ben Burtt
Dialogue Editor    Curt Schulkey
Dialogue Editor    Leslie Shatz
Dialogue Editor    Joanne D'Antonio
Supervising Music Editor    Ken Wannberg
Make up    Graham Freeborn
Hairstylist    Barbara Ritchie
Special Make up Effects-Creature Design    Stuart Freeborn
Casting Director    Irene Lamb
Casting Director    Terry Liebling
Casting Director    Bob Edmiston
Stunt Coordinator    Peter Diamond

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October 14th, 2011

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October 5th, 2011

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Blu-ray Sales: Thor Goes to War

September 28th, 2011

There are three major releases on this week's Blu-ray sales chart, including one that was released a little early, and one that was released a little late. Leading the way in terms of units sold is Thor with 799,000 units / $22.00 million. Its opening Blu-ray ratio was just a hair under 50% and that's a figure that will quickly become the norm for blockbuster releases. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 13th, 2011

September 13th, 2011

It is an incredibly busy week on the home market with several major releases, including Thor on Blu-ray, as well as Star Wars The Complete Saga, which comes out this Friday. Unfortunately, neither of the screeners have arrived yet, so it is hard to tell if they are pick of the week material. I figured Star Wars would easily take that honor, but the changes made have pissed off enough people that I think it's best that I hold off making a judgment till after it arrives. After spending way too long trying to pick between the two, I'm going with Degrassi: Season Ten, Part Two instead. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1980/05/23 1 $4,910,483   126 $38,972   $7,244,308 5
1980/06/06 1 $4,339,769   126 $34,443   $0 19
1980/06/13 3 $3,606,000 -17% 126 $28,619   $0 26
1980/06/20 1 $10,840,307 +201% 823 $13,172   $47,332,853 33
1980/06/27 1 $9,217,874 -15% 821 $11,228   $64,904,375 40
1980/07/04 1 $8,309,772 -10% 880 $9,443   $81,958,005 47
1980/07/11 1 $6,652,858 -20% 858 $7,754   $94,296,366 54
1980/07/18 1 $6,721,000 +1% 1,089 $6,172   $105,714,000 61
1980/07/25 1 $7,130,000 +6% 1,278 $5,579   $118,310,568 68
1980/08/01 1 $5,758,789 -19% 1,139 $5,056   $130,000,000 75
1980/08/08 1 $4,554,679 -21% 1,195 $3,811   $139,069,964 82
1980/08/15 2 $4,321,216 -5% 1,208 $3,577   $145,893,923 89
1981/07/31 1 $7,001,282   1,364 $5,133   $188,355,137 439
1981/08/07 2 $4,021,024 -43% 1,382 $2,910   $196,613,195 446
1981/08/14 7 $2,077,984 -48% 969 $2,144   $200,877,589 453
1982/11/19 1 $3,949,478   992 $3,981   $213,347,503 915
1982/11/26 4 $3,628,616 -8% 992 $3,658   $219,026,592 922
1982/12/03 4 $1,573,157 -57% 909 $1,731   $221,286,895 929
1982/12/10 7 $570,475 -64% 600 $951   $222,252,517 936
1982/12/17 16 $206,294 -64% 600 $344   $222,674,266 943
1997/02/21 1 $21,975,993   2,111 $10,410   $244,650,259 6,123
1997/02/28 1 $13,145,852 -40% 2,111 $6,227   $262,895,196 6,130
1997/03/07 3 $8,048,852 -39% 2,116 $3,804   $274,414,455 6,137
1997/03/14 5 $5,127,288 -36% 2,322 $2,208   $282,216,979 6,144
1997/03/21 9 $2,427,835 -53% 1,723 $1,409   $286,030,505 6,151
1997/03/28 16 $927,623 -62% 591 $1,570   $287,904,768 6,158
1997/04/04 24 $452,200 -51% 294 $1,538   $288,801,028 6,165
1997/04/11 31 $198,951 -56% 190 $1,047   $289,122,801 6,172
1997/04/18 41 $101,926 -49% 136 $749   $289,280,907 6,179
1997/04/25 22 $379,587 +272% 751 $505   $289,697,968 6,186
1997/05/02 28 $194,107 -49% 383 $507   $290,020,125 6,193
1997/05/09 34 $76,610 -61% 189 $405   $290,158,751 6,200

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1980/05/21 1 $1,333,305   126 $10,582   $1,333,305 1
1980/05/22 1 $995,026 -25% 126 $7,897   $2,341,114 2
1980/05/23 1 $1,397,356 +40% 126 $11,090   $3,738,470 3
1980/05/24 1 $1,735,194 +24% 126 $13,771   $5,473,664 4
1980/05/25 1 $1,770,644 +2% 126 $14,053   $7,244,308 5
1980/05/26 1 $1,505,321 -15% 126 $11,947   $8,756,918 6
1980/05/27 1 $855,745 -43% 126 $6,792   $9,612,663 7
1981/03/28 - $4,046   1 $4,046   $0 312
1981/04/04 - $4,984   1 $4,984   $0 319
1981/04/11 - $8,894   1 $8,894   $0 326
1981/04/18 - $8,199   1 $8,199   $0 333
1981/04/25 - $5,041   1 $5,041   $0 340
1981/05/02 - $5,417   1 $5,417   $0 347
1981/05/09 - $5,657   1 $5,657   $0 354

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1980/06/13 1 $40,098,546   126 $318,242   $36,492,546 30
1980/06/20 1 $19,193,955 -52% 823 $23,322   $55,686,501 37
1980/06/27 1 $17,961,732 -6% 821 $21,878   $73,648,233 44
1980/07/04 1 $13,995,275 -22% 880 $15,904   $87,643,508 51
1980/07/11 1 $11,349,492 -19% 858 $13,228   $98,993,000 58
1980/07/18 1 $12,187,568 +7% 1,089 $11,192   $111,180,568 65
1980/07/25 1 $13,060,643 +7% 1,278 $10,220   $124,241,211 72
1980/08/01 1 $10,274,074 -21% 1,139 $9,020   $134,515,285 79
1980/08/08 1 $7,057,422 -31% 1,195 $5,906   $141,572,707 86
1981/07/31 1 $11,238,316   1,364 $8,239   $192,592,171 443
1981/08/07 2 $6,207,434 -45% 1,382 $4,492   $198,799,605 450
1982/11/19 1 $5,999,951   992 $6,048   $215,397,976 919
1982/11/26 5 $4,315,762 -28% 992 $4,351   $219,713,738 926
1982/12/03 4 $1,968,304 -54% 909 $2,165   $221,682,042 933
1982/12/10 7 $785,930 -60% 600 $1,310   $222,467,972 940
1997/02/21 1 $27,075,078   2,111 $12,826   $249,749,344 6,127
1997/02/28 1 $16,616,259 -39% 2,111 $7,871   $266,365,603 6,134
1997/03/07 3 $10,724,088 -35% 2,116 $5,068   $277,089,691 6,141
1997/03/14 5 $6,512,979 -39% 2,322 $2,805   $283,602,670 6,148
1997/03/21 10 $3,374,475 -48% 1,723 $1,958   $286,977,145 6,155
1997/03/28 16 $1,371,683 -59% 591 $2,321   $288,348,828 6,162
1997/04/04 24 $575,022 -58% 294 $1,956   $288,923,850 6,169
1997/04/11 30 $255,131 -56% 190 $1,343   $289,178,981 6,176
1997/04/18 42 $139,400 -45% 136 $1,025   $289,318,381 6,183
1997/04/25 22 $507,637 +264% 751 $676   $289,826,018 6,190
1997/05/02 28 $256,123 -50% 383 $669   $290,082,141 6,197

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
United Kingdom 5/20/1980 $0 0 1 13 $9,583,311 9/30/2015
 
Rest of World $234,316,689
 
International Total$243,900,000 9/30/2015

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
9/17/20066198,520 198,520$3,547,552$3,547,5521
9/24/20062671,632-64% 270,152$1,403,987$4,951,5402

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/15/20151020,460 20,460$306,492$306,492479
12/27/20151945,275 97,292$767,872$1,609,573485