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Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope


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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $460,998,007
International Box Office$336,901,993
Worldwide Box Office$797,900,000
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales: $11,732,993 Weekly Breakdown
For full financial breakdown, please contact our research team.
Production Budget:$11,000,000
Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1977 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
July 21st, 1978 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
August 15th, 1979 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
April 10th, 1981 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
August 13th, 1982 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
January 31st, 1997 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
Video Release: September 12th, 2006 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language
Franchise: Star Wars
Keywords: Visual Effects
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Science Fiction
Prints and Advertising Budget $4,000,000
UK TV Rights (ITV, January 1982):$3,000,000 (THR, 1/19/1982, p. 1)
US TV Rights (CBS, 1981 for 3 broadcasts):$25,000,000 - $26,000,000
US TV Rights (Spike TV, 2008-2013):$11,000,000 (part of package for all Star Wars movies)
First day sales of Star Wars trilogy DVD box set:$100 million (est. based on $115m total for box set and "Battlefront" video game)

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History

Star Wars: A New Hope was the movie that spawned a multi-billion dollar business empire and made George Lucas arguably the most successful movie maker in history. But its chances of success seemed slim indeed when it was initially released on May 25, 1977. After production problems and budget over-runs, Fox had considerable trouble booking the movie with distributors, and opened it in 43 theaters only after threatening to pull The Other Side of Midnight from many of those venues. What happened next has passed into box office legend.

Lines around the block on opening weekend soon became lines around the block across the nation as the movie stayed at the top of the charts for most of the Summer. Re-releases over the next 5 years generated more business, and the 20th anniversary release in 1997 set new benchmarks, including a then-record January weekend that only Titanic has beaten since.

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Cast

Mark Hamill    Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford    Han Solo
Carrie Fisher    Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing    Grand Moff Wilhuf Tarkin
Alec Guinness    Jedi Knight Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi
Anthony Daniels    C-3PO
Kenny Baker    R2-D2
Peter Mayhew    Chewbacca
David Prowse    Darth Vader
Phil Brown    Uncle Owen Lars
Shelagh Fraser    Aunt Beru Lars
Jack Purvis    Chief Jawa
Alex McCrindle    Rebel General
Ed Byrne    Rebel General
James Earl Jones    Voice of Darth Vader
Denis Lawson    Wedge Antilles
Drewe Henley    Red Leader
Garrick Hagon    Biggs, Red Three
Jack Klaff    John D, Red Four
William Hootkins    Porkins, Red Six
Angus McInnis    Gold Leader
Jeremy Sinden    Gold Two
Graham Ashley    Gold Five
Don Henderson    General Taggi
Richard Le Parmentier    General Motti
Leslie Schofield    Commander One

Production and Technical Credits

Director    George Lucas
Producer    Gary Kurtz
Screenwriter    George Lucas
Screenwriter    Camera Gilbert Taylor
Editor    Paul Hirsch
Editor    Marcia Lucas
Editor    Richard Chew
Composer    John Williams
Production Designer    John Barry
Cinematographer    Taylor Gilbert
Assistant Director    Anthony Waye
Assistant Director    Gerry Gavigan
Assistant Director    Terry Madden
Production Manager    Bruce Sharman
Production Manager    Bob Shepherd
Production Manager    Lon Tinney
Production Supervisor    Robert Watts
Production Supervisor    George E. Mather
Art Director    Norman Reynolds
Art Director    Leslie Dilley
Set Decorator    Roger Christian
Second Unit Camera    Bruce Logan
Second Unit Camera    Carroll Ballard
Second Unit Camera    Rick Clemente
Second Unit Camera    Robert Dalva
Second Unit Camera    Tak Fujimoto
Visual Effects Designer    Richard Edlund
Visual Effects Designer    Grant McCune
Visual Effects Designer    Robert Blalack
Special Effects Supervisor    John Stears
Special Effects Supervisor    John Dykstra
Costume Designer    John Mollo
Costume Supervisor    Ron Beck
Sound Mixer    Derek Ball
Re-recording Mixer    Don MacDougall
Re-recording Mixer    Bob Minkler
Re-recording Mixer    Ray West
Re-recording Mixer    Robert Litt
Re-recording Mixer    Michael Minkler
Re-recording Mixer    Les Fresholtz
Re-recording Mixer    Richard Portman
Supervising Sound Editor    Sam Shaw
Sound Editor    Robert R. Rutledge
Sound Editor    Gordon Davidson
Sound Editor    Gene Corso
Sound Effects Editor    Ben Burtt
Music Editor    Ken Wannberg
Make-up and Hair Designer    Stuart Freeborn
Casting Director    Irene Lamb
Casting Director    Dianne Crittenden
Casting Director    Vic Ramos
Stunt Coordinator    Peter Diamond

Weekend Chart Record

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1977/05/27 2 $1,554,475   43 $36,151   $2,048,249 5
1977/06/17 2 $2,788,281   157 $17,760   $12,943,513 26
1977/06/24 1 $4,885,463 +75% 360 $13,571   $20,514,376 33
1977/07/01 1 $7,452,980 +53% 452 $16,489   $32,157,349 40
1977/07/08 1 $6,197,462 -17% 589 $10,522   $0 47
1977/07/15 1 $6,806,951 +10% 757 $8,992   $53,777,851 54
1977/07/22 1 $7,000,644 +3% 843 $8,304   $65,887,563 61
1977/07/29 1 $6,234,376 -11% 950 $6,563   $77,323,425 68
1977/08/05 1 $7,195,573 +15% 1,044 $6,892   $90,284,705 75
1977/08/12 1 $6,705,755 -7% 1,074 $6,244   $102,267,928 82
1977/08/19 1 $5,908,751 -12% 1,096 $5,391   $113,031,275 89
1977/08/26 1 $5,239,535 -11% 1,048 $5,000   $122,576,055 96
1977/09/02 1 $7,737,847 +48% 915 $8,457   $133,727,463 103
1977/10/21 1 $2,891,000   675 $4,283   $174,518,466 152
1977/10/28 1 $3,292,879 +14% 739 $4,456   $177,811,345 159
1977/11/04 1 $2,626,914 -20% 665 $3,950   $181,289,965 166
1977/11/11 1 $2,269,052 -14% 642 $3,534   $184,397,772 173
1977/11/18 1 $1,949,157 -14% 605 $3,222   $186,924,661 180
1977/11/25 1 $2,472,656 +27% 593 $4,170   $190,762,521 187
1977/12/02 1 $1,595,568 -35% 561 $2,844   $192,899,264 194
1977/12/09 1 $1,152,953 -28% 485 $2,377   $194,427,140 201
1977/12/16 3 $844,662 -27% 414 $2,040   $195,666,111 208
1978/01/13 1 $916,606   217 $4,224   $203,786,099 236
1978/01/20 1 $865,239 -6% 196 $4,414   $204,940,117 243
1978/01/27 1 $829,571 -4% 184 $4,509   $205,993,101 250
1978/02/03 2 $817,290 -1% 174 $4,697   $207,054,654 257
1978/02/24 1 $759,126   144 $5,272   $209,760,454 278
1978/03/10 1 $622,291   130 $4,787   $211,463,812 292
1978/03/31 1 $543,897   107 $5,083   $213,706,458 313
1978/04/07 1 $790,452 +45% 104 $7,601   $214,745,822 320
1978/04/14 1 $602,039 -24% 103 $5,845   $215,537,332 327
1978/07/21 1 $10,166,336   1,750 $5,809   $0 425
1979/08/17 1 $6,760,165   1,520 $4,447   $0 817
1979/08/24 1 $3,585,492 -47% 1,471 $2,437   $0 824
1982/08/13 5 $3,766,803   1,070 $3,520   $311,092,510 1,909
1982/08/20 8 $2,308,429 -39% 1,069 $2,159   $315,552,861 1,916
1982/08/27 14 $1,250,604 -46% 712 $1,756   $318,165,253 1,923
1982/09/03 13 $1,258,912 +1% 659 $1,910   $319,996,814 1,930
1982/09/10 12 $789,503 -37% 666 $1,185   $321,026,168 1,937
1982/09/17 16 $518,949 -34% 491 $1,057   $321,796,066 1,944
1982/09/24 17 $500,807 -3% 511 $980   $322,467,568 1,951
1982/10/01 30 $174,451 -65% 31 $5,627   $322,802,492 1,958
1997/01/31 1 $35,906,661   2,104 $17,066   $358,646,803 7,194
1997/02/07 1 $24,277,091 -32% 2,104 $11,539   $393,498,671 7,201
1997/02/14 1 $21,370,589 -12% 2,104 $10,157   $421,371,522 7,208
1997/02/21 2 $11,031,743 -48% 2,200 $5,014   $438,692,889 7,215
1997/02/28 3 $6,856,626 -38% 2,375 $2,887   $447,821,935 7,222
1997/03/07 6 $3,894,728 -43% 2,039 $1,910   $453,311,456 7,229
1997/03/14 10 $2,275,828 -42% 1,430 $1,591   $456,754,545 7,236
1997/03/21 17 $896,449 -61% 741 $1,210   $458,275,556 7,243
1997/03/28 32 $229,023 -74% 177 $1,294   $458,838,909 7,250
1997/04/04 38 $141,632 -38% 104 $1,362   $459,095,451 7,257
1997/04/11 16 $795,245 +461% 1,252 $635   $459,923,376 7,264
1997/04/18 23 $340,452 -57% 634 $537   $460,517,975 7,271
1997/04/25 27 $202,166 -41% 290 $697   $460,841,468 7,278
1997/05/02 50 $50,163 -75% 114 $440   $460,935,665 7,285

Daily Chart Record

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
1977/05/25 1 $254,809   32 $7,963   $254,809 1
1977/05/26 1 $238,965 -6% 32 $7,468   $493,774 2
1978/01/13 - $202,493   217 $933   $203,071,986 234
1978/01/14 - $443,575 +119% 217 $2,044   $203,515,561 235
1978/01/15 - $270,538 -39% 217 $1,247   $203,786,099 236
1978/02/20 - $137,561   144 $955   $208,808,405 272