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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

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
Art Director    John Barry

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