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Release DateMovieProduction
Budget
Domestic
Opening
Weekend
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Trailer
May 25, 1977 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $11,000,000 $1,554,475 $460,935,665 $786,535,665  
May 21, 1980 Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back $23,000,000 $4,910,483 $290,158,751 $534,058,751  
May 25, 1983 Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi $32,500,000 $23,019,618 $309,125,409 $572,625,409  
May 19, 1999 Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace $115,000,000 $64,810,970 $474,544,677 $1,027,044,677 Play
May 16, 2002 Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones $115,000,000 $80,027,814 $302,181,125 $648,200,000  
May 19, 2005 Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith $115,000,000 $108,435,841 $380,270,577 $848,998,877  
Aug 15, 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars $8,500,000 $14,611,273 $35,161,554 $68,695,443  
Dec 18, 2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens $200,000,000 $247,966,675 $909,848,964 $2,012,248,964 Play
Dec 16, 2016 Star Wars: Rogue One     $0 $0  
Dec 15, 2017 Star Wars: Ep. VIII     $0 $0  
May 25, 2018 Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Spinoff     $0 $0  
Dec 31, 2019 Star Wars: Ep. IX     $0 $0  
 
 Totals$620,000,000 $3,162,226,722$6,498,407,786 
 Averages$77,500,000$68,167,144$395,278,340$812,300,973 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Domestic
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Sep 12, 2006 Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope $23,647,826 $2,581,065 $26,228,891
Sep 12, 2006 Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back $20,445,432 $1,609,110 $22,054,542
Sep 12, 2006 Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi $13,013,191   $13,013,191
Sep 12, 2006 Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi $18,913,339 $911,914 $19,825,253
Nov 11, 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars $27,178,951   $27,178,951
 
 Totals$103,198,739$5,102,089$68,108,686
 Averages$20,639,748$1,700,696$22,702,895

Weekend Wrap-Up: Broncos Biggest Winners, but Pandas still earn $21.24 million

February 8th, 2016

Hail, Caesar!

Super Bowl weekend was not a good weekend at the box office. The competition usually takes its toll at the box office, but this year it was particularly bad. Kung Fu Panda 3 led the way with just $21.24 million, while Hail, Caesar! was the only other film to earn more than $10 million. In fact, the weekend was so bad that Star Wars: The Force Awakens remained in third place during its eighth weekend of release. The overall box office took a massive hit, down 31% to just $95 million. This was 37% lower than the same weekend last year, but miraculously, 2016 maintained its lead over 2015, by the tiniest of margins, $1.34 billion to $1.33 billion. With a difference of 0.5% or $6 million, the lead will likely disappear during the week, but 2016 should get it back when Deadpool debuts this Friday. More...

Weekend Predictions: Along for the Ride

January 14th, 2016

Ride Along 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally relinquish its hold on the weekend box office and there are three new releases looking to grab as much of the box office share as they can. Ride Along 2 is the film with the best shot at first place, assuming its reviews don't kill it. The Revenant should have one of the best week-to-week declines, thanks in part to its Awards Season success. 13 Hours looks like a solid top-five film, but not a major hit, while Norm of the North is just hoping not to embarrass itself. This weekend last year, American Sniper expanded wide and set the record for biggest January weekend. That record fell earlier this year, but that's not a lot of comfort for this weekend, as all three new releases combined won't match American Sniper's haul. 2016's winning streak will end at two weeks. Hopefully the upcoming losing streak won't be much longer than that. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: The Schwartz is still Strong with Star Wars as it Earns $42.35 Million

January 12th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned first place on the weekend chart for the fourth time and likely the last time. It was a close race, as The Revenant beat expectations; meanwhile, The Forest was very solid as counter-programming. The overall box office was $159 million, which is 28% less than last weekend, but 26% more than the same weekend last year. After just two weeks, 2016 is 19% / $70 million above 2015's pace. Granted, it is way too early to make any long terms predictions and next weekend will be brutal for 2016 in the year-over-year comparison, but every little bit now will help at the end of the year. More...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens overtakes Avatarís $761 million

January 6th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We don't have the final Wednesday numbers, but it was announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has overtaken Avatar to become the All-Time Domestic Box Office Champ. This is far from the end for the film, as it is poised to reach $800 million over the weekend and it has $900 million domestically within its sights. The film hasn't entered the top ten on the All-Time International Box Office, but will continue to climb that chart as well. So while the number of stories we do for The Force Awakens will slow down, there's still plenty of newsworthy events ahead. And of course, we will track its daily numbers on the box office section of the site until it is out of theaters entirely. More...

International Box Office: The Force Awakens tops $1.5 Billion Ahead of Chinese Debut

January 6th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It's an odd week on the international box office chart, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the only Hollywood film in the top five. The latest Star Wars instalment earned $96.3 million over the weekend for an international total of $770.5 million. Its Worldwide total rose to $1.513 billion. At the end of business on Sunday, the film was in third place for the year on the worldwide chart, but that has since changed. It is also in fifth place on the yearly international chart. However, the film opens in China this week and it could jump into third place just due to its opening in that territory. More...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reaches $750 Million in just 18 Days

January 5th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out there had only been one film to reach the $750 million milestone. That film was Avatar, and it took the film 253 days, and a late summer re-release, to get there. The Force Awakens reached the milestone in just 18 days. The latest Star Wars installment earned $8.02 million on Monday for a running tally of $750.23 million. Avatar finished with $760.51 million, a figure The Force Awakens will top in two days, at the most. Meanwhile, it should have no problem becoming the first film to ever hit $800 million domestically and will do so over the weekend. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Star Wars misses its third Century Mark, Still Sets Multiple Records with $90.24 Million

January 4th, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the weekend box office earning $90.24 million, breaking several records along the way. However, it did fall 40% over the weekend, which is a lot for this time of year. It appears The Force Awakens is acting more like a typical blockbuster hit and less like the typically leggy December release. That said, I don't think Disney is disappointed with the results so far. On the other hand, The Hateful Eight got off to a disappointing start earning third place with just a fraction of Django Unchained's opening weekend. The overall box office was down from last week, but was still an incredible $219 million. This was 26% lower than last week, but 41% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date is a little less useful, as 2016 is only 3 days old, but it is 27% higher than 2015 was after the first weekend. This is even more impressive, as 2015 had an extra day before the weekend.

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Weekend Estimates: Force aweakens with $88.3 million weekend

January 3rd, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens This weekend sees the first signs of a slow-down at the box office for The Force Awakens, which will be down 41% from last weekend, according to Disneyís Sunday morning estimate. Thatís the worst comparative performance in the top ten, and much weaker than Avatarís 9% decline the same weekend in 2010. Such statistics are fairly academic when you already have $700 million in the bank domestically, though, and Star Warsí momentum coming out of the holidays is such that it will register the biggest ever New Yearís weekend, and the biggest-ever 3rd weekend, overtaking Avatarís $68.5 million. With $770.5 million overseas so far, its global total is now over $1.5 billion, putting it in the top six all time, and guaranteeing it will end in the top three, with only Titanic and Avatar left to shoot for. More...

Friday Estimates: Star Wars is Top of the Class of 2015 with $686.43 Million

January 2nd, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It took just 15 days for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to overtake Jurassic Worldís final domestic box office. On Friday, the film earned an easy first place with $34.46 million to push its running tally to $686.43 million. Not only is this the best domestic box office for a film released in 2015, it is more than enough to overtake Titanic and push it into second place All-Time. As for the filmís weekend projection, we are looking at a $95 million weekend, plus or minus $5 million. It is possible the film could crack $100 million over the weekend, but very unlikely. That said, it has already broken a couple of major recordsóFastest to $650 million and Biggest Domestic Hit of 2015óand will likely break a few more over the weekend (Fastest to $700 million, Biggest third weekend, and Biggest January weekend). More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Hateful Experience any Love? Will Star Wars hit the Century Mark?

December 31st, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There are two questions that are being asked about this weekend. Firstly, will Star Wars: The Force Awakens become the first film to earn $100 million three weekends in a row? Secondly, will The Hateful Eight live up to Django Unchained? I'm going to say no to both, but the former is much more likely than the latter. The rest of the top five should look the same as last time, with Daddy's Home being the best of the holdovers. The Force Awakens should earn more than the top five did last year, giving 2016 a fast start on the year-over-year comparison.

One last note, there are only two limited releases this week, including Anomalisa, which we previously talked about. The only other limited release is Devil and Angel, which has no reviews, so there's not much to talk about. Because of this, there will be no Limited Release Report this week. More...

The Force Awakens Destroys Fastest to $600 million Record

December 30th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Two surprising events happened today. Firstly, it was announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens topped $600 million at the domestic box office yesterday. I wasn't expecting that to happen. I thought it would miss the $600 million mark and cross that milestone today. Secondly, I was surprised that The Force Awakens could still surprise me after every record it has broken so far. The film pulled in $29.53 million on Tuesday lifting its running tally to $600.95 million after just 12 days of release. The previous record for Fastest to $600 million was set by Jurassic World earlier this year at 36 days. Jurassic World shaved 11 days off the previous record, set by Avatar in 2009, and that was considered an amazing feat. Getting to $600 million three times faster than the previous record is mind-blowing. More...

International Box Office: The Force Awakens Becomes Fastest to $1 Billion

December 30th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens remained on top of the international chart with $133.3 million for a total of $546.0 million after just two weeks of release. Worldwide, the film already has $1.086 billion, putting it in the top 20 all-time after just two weeks of release, although it is still in fifth place for the year. It has been an amazing year on the top. It reached the $1 billion mark in just 12 days, beating Jurassic World's previous record by just one day. Granted, Jurassic World had China to boost its sales. The U.K. remains the film's biggest market with $98.07 million after two weeks of release, including $15.13 million this past weekend. It has also cracked $50 million in Germany ($55.28 million) and is getting close to that milestone in France ($46.14 million). One other note, 2015 became the first year the Walt Disney studio earned $5 billion worldwide in one calendar year. It is still well behind the overall record of $6.8 billion, set by Universal this year. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: The Force Awakens Earns $149.20 million and Daddy Hits Home Run

December 28th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens easily won the weekend race, but not by as much as anticipated. On the other hand, Daddy's Home was a surprise hit and should cruise to $100 million. None of the rest of the new releases really bombed and most will end their runs as midlevel hits. Overall, the box office fell just 5.1% from last weekend to $295 million, which is the second biggest combined weekend of all time. It was also 41% bigger than the same weekend last year and 2015's year-over-year lead grew to 7.0%. It looks like the 2015 box office will reach $11 billion when all is said and done, but we won't know for sure till we get the absolute final numbers. More...

Weekend Estimates: Star Warsí $153 million Christmas demolishes another set of records

December 27th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Star Wars juggernaut continues to roll through box office records all around the world this weekend. It will pass $1 billion globally today, Sunday, in just its 12th day in releaseóone day faster than Jurassic World. That blockbuster figure is largely thanks to an incredible $544 million after just ten days domestically, far ahead of Jurassic Worldís $402 million at the same point in its run. The Force Awakens has now broken records for every milestone from $50 million to $500 million, with more to fall. The current record for fastest to $550 million is also Jurassic World, which reached the mark in 24 days. Star Wars will do it in eleven. After that, we will start looking at some serious all-time records. More...

The Force Awakens Doubles Previous Christmas Record with $49.34 Million

December 26th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set another record by earning $49.34 million on Christmas Day. This more than doubles the previous record of $24.61 million held by Sherlock Holmes. However, this was only 79% more than it made on Christmas Eve, whereas Avatar rose 107% on the same day in its run. You can't even say Avatar had it easy due to weaker competition, so perhaps the explanation lies elsewhere. Perhaps a lot of people who were scared off by the crowds thus far decided to see the movie on Christmas Eve, because it is historically a slow day a the box office. Thatís certainly what I was thinking. Because of this, I'm lowing my expectations for the weekend from $170 million to $160 million. This would have been a good opening weekend result for the film. It will be well above the current Record Second Weekend of $106.59 million by Jurassic World. More...

The Force Awaken Feels Merry with Record-Breaking Christmas Eve Haul of $27.59 Million

December 25th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Before this year, there was only one film to earn more than $10 million during Christmas Eve, Avatar, which pulled in $11.15 million. This year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens destroyed that record with $27.59 million on Thursday. More impressively, it fell just 27%, compared to the 32% drop-off Avatar dealt with back in 2009. From Saturday onwards, The Force Awakens' legs have been almost as good as Avatar's were and I'm worried I might have underestimated The Force Awakens's box office potential this weekend. More...

Star Warsí Daily Record Streak Ends with $38.1 million Wednesday

December 24th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn't able to earn first place on the Biggest Wednesday Box Office chart earning $38.1 million yesterday. However, this is the record for best non-opening Wednesday, topping the previous record of $29.07 million, held by The Transformers. Additionally, the film crossed $350 million in just six days, easily breaking the previous record of nine days, held by Jurassic World. More...

Weekend Predictions: Will The New Releases Experience Any Joy?

December 23rd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There are five wide releases / wide expansions this week, none of which will even come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' second weekend of release. The rest of the box office combined won't come close to The Force Awakens' sophomore stint. It looks like Daddy's Home has the advantage for second place, while Joy should be close behind. The Big Short expands wide on Wednesday and its five-day total should be close to the previous two films' three-day totals. On the downside, it looks like both Concussion and Point Break will open on the outside of the top five. The Force Awakens will make more than the entire top ten made this weekend last year, so 2015 will end the year on a very positive note in the year-over-year comparison. More...

International Box Office: The Force Awakens Sets Global Opening Record with $529 million

December 23rd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As expected, not opening in China cost Star Wars: The Force Awakens the international opening weekend record, as it earned $281 million, which is behind Jurassic Worldís opening international weekend of $316.1 million. However, The Force Awakens did set the worldwide opening record with $529 million, just ahead of Jurassic Worldís mark of $525 million. This is especially impressive, as Jurassic World opened with just over $100 million in China. Even a slower than expected opening in China would have given The Force Awakens the first $600 million global opening. More...

Tuesday Record Falls to The Force Awakens with $37.3 million

December 23rd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set two more records on Tuesday with $37.3 million for the day, making it the highest grossing Tuesday of all time, just topping The Amazing Spider-Man. It wonít break the records for Wednesday or Thursday as there are too many films that have opened on those days to compete with. However, The Force Awakens did set the record for fastest to $300 million, beating Jurassic World there by three full days. The film will reached $350 million tonight and $400 million on Friday, setting records for both of those milestones too. More...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Loves Mondays to the tune of $40.1 million

December 22nd, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Another day, another record for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as it earned an estimated $40.1 million on Monday. This obliterates the previous Monday record, which was held by Spider-Man 2 at $27.66 million. It also shaved a day off the previous record for Fastest to $250 million beating Jurassic World yet again. (Jurassic World still holds the record for Biggest Saturday, so at least it is not being completely erased from the record books.) More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office Breaks $300 million Mark

December 21st, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It's been a busy weekend for box office record watchers, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens destroyed the record book. However, it wasn't the only film playing in theaters. The Force Awakens earned $247.97 million, which by itself is the 11th biggest Combined Box Office. Add in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Sisters, the new limited releases and all of the holdovers, and the total box office reached $313 million, topping the old record of $274 million. Needless to say, the overall box office was higher compared to last weekend by 304%. It was also higher than last year by a margin of 131%. Year-to-date, 2015 has earned $10.13 billion, putting it 5.9% or $560 million ahead of last year's pace. 2015's lead over 2014 grew by more than 1.5 percentage points / $160 million over just one weekend. More...

Weekend Final Numbers: Star Wars Wreaks Havoc on Record Book

December 21st, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The final weekend numbers are in for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it crushed the previous record with $247,966,675 million. This is 19% more than Jurassic Worldís opening record and better than our Saturday Analysis had it pegged at. I think the reason it did so much better is the number of sold out screenings. Fridayís numbers were artificially lower, because so many screenings were sold out that people who would have gone to see the movie on Friday simply couldnít. Additionally, the filmís reviews are among the best for any wide release this year, so the word of mouth certainly should be a factor here. We donít have final numbers for all films that were in theaters this weekend, but yet another record has been broken: the Biggest Combined Weekend Total. More...

Weekend Estimates: Force Awakens with Projected All-Time Best $238 Million

December 20th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney is projecting a $238 million opening weekend for Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens as of Sunday morning, a figure that will make it, by some margin, the highest-grossing film on opening weekend at the domestic box office. Jurassic World holds the current domestic record, at $208.8 million. Given the $30 million over-performance at home, itís perhaps a slight surprise that Star Wars isnít also projected to take the global weekend record, with its expected $517 million falling a little behind Jurassic Worldís $524.9 million debut earlier in the year. Thatís one of a handful of examples of Star Wars placing second all-time as of Sunday morning, but mostly itís been a case of broken records all round, and thereís evidence that Disney is playing things safe in their projections, so pretty much no record can be considered out of reach at this point. More...

International Box Office: Force Awakens has Fabulous Friday, but Falls Behind Jurassic World

December 19th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It looks like opening in China late could cost Star Wars: The Force Awakens the record for biggest international opening weekend. The film added $56.8 million on Friday, which is an amazing number, but it is behind the $60 million Jurassic World earned during its first Friday. The two filmsí three-day running tallies are remarkably similar at $129.5 million for The Force Awakens vs. $130 million for Jurassic World. As for the new releases on Friday, Spain led the way with $3.5 million. The record for biggest opening day in that market is currently held by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 at $3.5 million, so we are going to have to wait for final numbers to figure out if that record fell. Meanwhile, the film managed $3.2 million on Friday in Japan, toppling the previous record for opening day in that market previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worldís End. On the other hand, the film had to settle for second place in South Korea behind local hit The Himalayas. More...

International Box Office: Star Wars Adds Germany to its Record Collection

December 19th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We have more international numbers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and they are all positive. Weíve already talked about the U.K. numbers, but we learned the film opened in first place in Germany on Thursday, scoring $7.1 million, which is the biggest single day in that market. It also had the biggest opening day in Australia ($6.8 million); Brazil ($2.7 million); and many, many other smaller markets. Overall, it pulled in $58.6 million in 44 markets internationally for a two-day total of $72.7 million. With openings in Japan, Spain, and other markets on Friday, the filmís international weekend looks to be near record levels. It is currently roughly 10% ahead of Jurassic Worldís two-day pace ($65.6 million), even though that film debuted in China, so if it can continue its hot streak, it will have the global opening weekend box office record ($524.42 million). After this start, even the low end of expectations has it topping $500 million worldwide over the weekend. More...

Analysis: Preview and Friday Numbers Point to $225 Million Weekend

December 19th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With a jaw-dropping $120.5 million opening day safely in the bank, thoughts turn once more to the potential opening weekend for The Force Awakens. An all-time record seems virtually guaranteed, but how high could the film actually go this weekend? Is $250 million likely? $275 million?? Fortunately, we have enough data from previous blockbuster openings to have a reasonable idea of the answer. The signs point to something around $225 million, but the range of uncertainty is still quite high. More...

Friday Estimates: Star Wars is an Unstoppable Force

December 19th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens not only broke the single day record, it crushed the previous mark. It became the first film to ever earn more than $100 million in a single day, blowing past that milestone with $120.5 million on Friday. So what does this mean for the rest of the weekend? I have no idea, as we are in completely uncharted territory. Well, that's not entirely true. I do know our Weekend Predictions underestimated the demand for this film. The film does have to deal with the Fanboy Effect. Films with Fanboy appeal tend to have shorter legs, because Fanboys rush out to see the movie opening day / opening weekend. However, there are factors at play here that will likely help its legs over the weekend. Firstly, the filmís word of mouth should be amazing as it is earning 95% positive reviews and an A Cinemascore. Secondly, there were a large number of sellouts opening night, so in many places the Fanboys were forced to wait, because they couldnít get tickets. Even the low end has The Force Awakens breaking the all-time weekend record. On the high end, it could top $250 million. If the film does earn $250 million during its opening weekend, then $1 billion domestically is on the table. An opening weekend around $230 million is more likely. Our model has it earning $225 millionóBruce will have a piece on that shortlyóbut that still puts $800 million, and yet another record, in the filmís sights. More...

Thursday Night Previews: Star Wars is Deadly to the Competition

December 18th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part IIís record for biggest previews by scoring $57 million on Thursday evening. It didnít just beat the old record, it destroyed it. $57 million is 31% more than the previous record of $43.5 million. This bodes very well for the filmís box office chances, both for today and for the full weekend. On the downside, there are reports that men made up 70% of the audience, which is really high. It could be that women stayed away for the most part because they were worried about the crowds and that the gender balance will be different the rest of the weekend. We should have more information on that by Monday. More...

Star Wars Forces Its Way to the Top in United Kingdom

December 18th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Another day, another record for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This time it is the opening day record in the U.K., where the film earned $14.3 million. Thatís right, the film earned more in the U.K. than it did in all 12 markets it opened in yesterday. Not only did The Force Awakens break the single-day record previously set by Spectre earlier this year, but analysts think it could double the current opening weekend record of $31.2 million, also held by Spectre. Of course, Spectre was also a Monday debut, so the comparisons are not perfect, but it does show just huge The Force Awakens will be. More...

Star Wars Starts Busting Records Around the World

December 17th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We have some early international numbers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it is good news all around. The film managed $14.1 million in the 12 markets where it opened on Wednesday, including $5.2 million in France. This is the biggest non-holiday opening day in that market and the second-biggest opening day of all time, behind Spectre. It opened with $2 million in Italy, which is the biggest opening day in December there, doubling the previeous record set by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. More...

Weekend Predictions: How Big a Force Will Star Wars be at the Box Office?

December 17th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There are three wide releases this week, but only one of them matters: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Better than anticipated reviews could help it break records over the weekend. It has already broken some box office records, becoming the first film to reach $100 million in advance ticket sales. The other wide releases are Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Sisters, both of which are just trying to not completely disappear. This weekend last year, the total box office was $135 million. The Force Awakens could earn nearly 50% more than that and some would still see it as a disappointment. 2015 should extend its lead over 2014 by more than $100 million. More...

Critics go Mad for The Force Awakens [No Spoilers]

December 16th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The review embargo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was lifted at midnight, and there are now over 100 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Before we get into the specifics, letís talk about some benchmarks. If the filmís reviews were in line with The Phantom Menaceís, then it would be in trouble. On the other hand, I would be satisfied if it merely matched Revenge of the Sith or Return of the Jedi, both of which earned 79% positive. Anything above 85% positive reviews would be a major success. So what is The Force Awakensí Tomatometer Score? More...

Star Warsí Path to Avatarís Three Titanic Records

December 15th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Its Tuesday the 15th and you know what that means? Itís just a week away from the Steam Winter Sale!!! ... Also, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in just over 48 hours. Today we look at just how big The Force Awakens can be. Can it become the biggest hit of all time? If so, what path would it have to take to get there? More...

Eight Records Star Wars Needs to Break

December 10th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Expectations are a dual-edged sword. On the one hand, great expectations can drive people to theaters when they might not otherwise do so. On the other hand, great expectations can mean a movie could open with $100 million and still be considered a disappointment. Today, we list the eight records that Star Wars: The Force Awakens needs to break to be considered an unqualified success. It doesnít need to break all of them, but it will need to break at least half of them. Unlike our previous article, when we ranked the records by how likely they were to fall, this time we are ranking them in chronological order. This way you can play along and tell immediately if The Force Awakens will merely be a blockbuster, or something special. More...

Six Records Star Wars is Certain to Break

December 8th, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens opens in theaters in less than two weeks, and the hype is growing. In fact, it now looks like the film could break well over a dozen major records during its box office run, not including some of the more esoteric records, like biggest non-opening Wednesday (currently $29.07 million, and held by Transformers, in case you were wondering.) Thatís a lot records to keep track of. So in the lead up to the launch, we will be looking at these possible records divided into three groups. Today, we are going to look at the records we think are the most likely to fall: the ones we think have a 90% chance or better of being broken by The Force Awakens. In fact, in some cases, they have already fallen. More...

2015 Preview: December

December 1st, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

November ended on a positive note with a strong Thanksgiving weekend. Even so, the overall numbers were mixed with a lot of misses mixed in with a few hits. It was better than October and we will call that a victory. Meanwhile, December is potentially record-breaking. Actually, given the evidence, it is almost assuredly going to be record-breaking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already set a record for the most money taken from ticket pre-sales and the biggest December weekend will fall. The pre-orders alone will guarantee that. On the downside, it is very likely that no film will make as much in total as The Force Awakens will make during its opening weekend. There's a chance no film makes in total as much as The Force Awakens makes during its opening day. There are a few films that have a shot at $100 million. For example, Joy should get there, if it becomes a major player during Awards Season. If not, it will at least come close. Daddy's Home, and to a lesser extent Sisters, could be surprise $100 million hits. However, like the rest of 2015, December is shaping up to be a month of a record-breaking hit and a lot of films that struggle just to get noticed. On the other hand, last December, was a lot more balanced at the top with four films earning more than $100 million, led by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. There's a chance The Force Awakens earns more than all four $100 million hits from last year earned combined. More...

Home Market Releases for November 10th, 2015

November 9th, 2015

Better Call Saul: Season 1

There are a couple of big hits on this week's list of new releases. Terminator: Genisys was a monster hit internationally, but it failed to live up to expectations here. On the other hand, Trainwreck earned $100 million here, but barely made a peep internationally. Of these two films, Trainwreck is the only one worth picking up. In fact, it is a Contender for Pick of the Week. However, I'm still waiting for the screener and I hate to give out this title when a screener is on its way. Because of that, I'm going with Better Call Saul: Season One as the Best of the Best, but it isn't the only other title worth picking up. More...

Home Market Releases for October 13th, 2015

October 13th, 2015

Aladdin

There are two $100 million movies on this week's list of Home Market Releases: Spy, which earned more than $100 million domestically, and Tomorrowland, which merely cost more than $100 million to make. Spy is arguably the best release on this week's list, but the Blu-ray was already named Pick of the Week, so that honor is going to Aladdin's Blu-ray debut this week. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions

November 9th, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars was a digitally animated TV series that took place inbetween Episode II and Episode III. It lasted five seasons before being canceled. It was than revived by Netflix roughly 30 seconds later. (There were many episodes completed or nearly completed at the time the show was canceled.) These 13 episodes are being released on DVD or Blu-ray this week. Are they worth checking out for fans of the show? Or was there a reason the show was canceled before these could be shown? More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Captain America Reaches Milestone, Transcendence Sinks

April 22nd, 2014

Captian America: The Winter Soldier poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier won the weekend box office race with a better than expected result and this helped it reach $200 million. Likewise, Heaven is for Real was surprisingly strong earning second place over the weekend, despite opening on Wednesday. Unfortunately, none of the other new releases lived up to expectations and the overall box office fell 5% to $133 million. This was still 20% higher than the same weekend last year, boosting 2014's lead over 2013 to 8% at $2.92 billion to $2.70 billion. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 15th, 2013

October 14th, 2013

It's a good week on the home market with two $100 million hits coming out: The Heat and Pacific Rim. I've heard good things about both films, but unfortunately, neither screener has arrived. Also, while we have two big release on top, there's not a lot of depth and we quickly run into releases that would be filler during a normal week. At the time I started this column, no new releases for the week had arrived on time, but at least that gave me a chance to get a bit caught up on some of the previous late arrivals. This list includes two contenders for Pick of the Week: White Collar: Season Four and Modern Family: Season Four on DVD or Blu-ray. Both are must haves, but the latter won out for Pick of the Week honors. More...

Featured Blu-ray: Willow

March 30th, 2013

Willow came out 25 years ago. It was a fantasy epic that cost $50 million to make and was written by George Lucas, who was coming off of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It was directed by Ron Howard, who hadn't yet had any monster hits, but both Splash and Cocoon were very profitable and well received. This film had high expectations. It didn't live up to them. Its reviews were merely mixed and it came nowhere near becoming the $100 million hit like a lot of people thought it would. Now that 25 years have passed and the expectations are not there, does it work? Or would it have failed to find an audience even with lowered expectations? More...

Weekend Estimates: Breaking Dawn Posts 8th-Biggest Weekend

November 18th, 2012

The beginning of the end for the Twilight franchise is here, and, as expected, big money is being made by Lionsgate/Summit. While this installment doesn't look like it will break franchise records, Lionsgate is predicting a $141.3 million opening weekend, which will be the 8th-best of all time, assuming it holds up. New Moon will most likely remain the top opener for the franchise with $142.8 million, although it will be a close-run thing. Twilight will most likely end up the 5th-highest-grossing franchise at the domestic box office, behind only the "box office gods", Harry Potter, Star Wars, Batman and James Bond. More...

Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Movies
RoleFranchise
Worldwide
Box Office
Career
Worldwide
Box Office
Franchise
/
Career
Anthony Daniels 8 C-3PO $6,498,407,786 $6,956,137,174 93.4%
Kenny Baker 7 R2-D2 $6,429,712,343 $6,567,913,465 97.9%
Mark Hamill 5 Luke Skywalker $3,905,468,789 $4,663,863,292 83.7%
Carrie Fisher 5 Princess Leia Organa $3,905,468,789 $5,204,934,891 75.0%
Frank Oz 5 Yoda $3,630,927,714 $5,679,836,471 63.9%
Peter Mayhew 5 Chewbacca $4,754,467,666 $4,770,467,666 99.7%
Harrison Ford 4 Han Solo $3,905,468,789 $9,347,928,314 41.8%
Ian McDiarmid 4 Supreme Chancellor Palpatine $3,096,868,963 $3,380,088,181 91.6%
Samuel L. Jackson 4 Mace Windu $2,592,938,997 $16,038,268,598 16.2%
Ewan McGregor 3 Obi-Wan Kenobi $2,524,243,554 $5,171,787,963 48.8%
Natalie Portman 3 Senator Padme Amidala $2,524,243,554 $5,330,924,208 47.4%
David Prowse 3 Darth Vader $1,893,219,825 $1,961,553,898 96.5%
Alec Guinness 3 Jedi Knight Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi $1,893,219,825 $2,199,938,314 86.1%
Christopher Lee 3 Count Dooku $1,565,894,320 $7,341,401,867 21.3%
Ahmed Best 3 Jar Jar Binks $2,524,243,554 $2,529,254,063 99.8%
Oliver Ford Davies 3 Sio Bibble $2,524,243,554 $2,895,057,721 87.2%
Warwick Davis 3 Wicket $3,611,919,050 $12,302,710,644 29.4%
Silas Carson 3 Viceroy Nute Gunray/Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi $2,524,243,554 $2,638,522,118 95.7%
Jeremy Bulloch 3 Boba Fett/Imperial Officer at Cloud City $1,955,683,037 $2,524,055,702 77.5%
Jack Purvis 3 Chief Jawa $1,893,219,825 $1,903,148,960 99.5%
James Earl Jones 3 Voice of Darth Vader $1,893,219,825 $5,092,837,933 37.2%
Hayden Christensen 2 Anakin Skywalker $1,497,198,877 $1,892,988,666 79.1%
Daisy Ridley 2 Rey $2,012,248,964 $2,012,306,208 100.0%
Billy Dee Williams 2 Lando Calrissian $1,106,684,160 $2,089,480,643 53.0%
Oscar Isaac 2 Poe Dameron $2,012,248,964 $3,080,051,040 65.3%
John Boyega 2 Finn $2,012,248,964 $2,018,800,546 99.7%
Pernilla August 2 Shmi Skywalker $1,675,244,677 $1,675,313,538 100.0%
Jimmy Smits 2 Senator Bail Organa $1,497,198,877 $1,638,382,143 91.4%
Temuera Morrison 2 Commander Cody $1,497,198,877 $2,464,374,586 60.8%
Denis Lawson 2 Wedge Antilles $1,359,161,074 $1,366,279,609 99.5%
Kenneth Colley 2 Captain/Admiral Piett $1,106,684,160 $1,175,058,286 94.2%
Andrew Secombe 2 Watto $1,675,244,677 $1,675,244,677 100.0%
Jay Laga'aia 2 Captain Typho $1,497,198,877 $1,599,056,302 93.6%
Tim Rose 2 Admiral Ackbar $2,584,874,373 $2,584,874,373 100.0%
Joel Edgerton 2 Owen Lars $1,497,198,877 $2,942,066,181 50.9%
Bonnie Piesse 2 Beru $1,497,198,877 $1,497,198,877 100.0%
David Bowers 2 Mas Amedda $1,497,198,877 $2,103,845,112 71.2%
Alan Ruscoe 2 Daultay Dofine $1,675,244,677 $1,939,113,835 86.4%
Matthew Wood 2 Battle Droids $917,694,320 $917,694,320 100.0%
Matt Sloan 2 Plo Koon $1,497,198,877 $1,497,198,877 100.0%
Jerome Blake 2 Rune Haako $1,675,244,677 $1,939,113,835 86.4%
Matt Rowan 2 Senator Orn Free Taa $1,497,198,877 $1,497,198,877 100.0%
Bodie Taylor 2 Clone Trooper $1,497,198,877 $1,497,198,877 100.0%
Rena Owen 2 Voice of Taun We $1,497,198,877 $1,630,985,023 91.8%
Hassani Shapi 2 Eeth Koth $1,675,244,677 $1,675,244,677 100.0%
Gin 2 Adi Gallia $1,675,244,677 $1,675,244,677 100.0%
Khan Bonfils 2 Saesee Tiin $1,675,244,677 $1,882,068,474 89.0%
Michaela Cottrell 2 Even Piell $1,675,244,677 $1,675,244,677 100.0%
Dipika O'Neill Joti 2 Depa Billaba $1,675,244,677 $1,675,244,677 100.0%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Movies
Technical RoleFranchise
Worldwide
Box Office
Career
Worldwide
Box Office
Franchise
/
Career
George Lucas 8 Executive Producer (6)
Screenwriter (5)
Director (4)
Story Creator (3)
Character Creator (1)
$6,498,407,786 $8,818,836,997 73.7%
John Williams 8 Composer (8)
Song Writer (1)
$6,498,407,786 $23,964,363,212 27.1%
Ben Burtt 7 Sound Designer (5)
Supervising Sound Editor (3)
Editor (3)
Sound Effects Editor (Special Dialogue) (2)
Re-recording Mixer (1)
$6,429,712,343 $10,768,803,602 59.7%
Ken Wannberg 6 Supervising Music Editor (6) $4,417,463,379 $7,768,576,419 56.9%
Matthew Wood 5 Supervising Sound Editor (5)
Sound Editor (1)
$4,605,187,961 $6,643,282,980 69.3%
Teresa Eckton 5 Sound Effects Editor (4)
Sound Editor (1)
$3,630,927,714 $6,399,758,020 56.7%
Lawrence Kasdan 4 Screenwriter (4) $3,118,933,124 $4,329,877,182 72.0%
Rick McCallum 3 Producer (3) $2,524,243,554 $2,574,609,052 98.0%
Kathleen Kennedy 3 Producer (3) $2,012,248,964 $14,538,414,590 13.8%
Gavin Bocquet 3 Production Designer (3) $2,524,243,554 $3,463,107,071 72.9%
Jason McGatlin 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,012,248,964 $2,892,663,207 69.6%
Rob Coleman 3 Animation Director (3) $2,524,243,554 $2,682,200,020 94.1%
David Tattersall 3 Director of Photography (3) $2,524,243,554 $4,821,526,702 52.4%
Norman Reynolds 3 Production Designer (2)
Art Director (1)
$1,893,219,825 $3,253,122,595 58.2%
Peter Russell 3 Supervising Art Director (3) $2,524,243,554 $4,890,107,663 51.6%
John Knoll 3 Visual Effects Supervisor (2)
Story Creator (1)
Executive Producer (1)
$1,675,244,677 $8,282,525,419 20.2%
Robert Watts 3 Production Supervisor (1)
Co-Producer (1)
Associate Producer (1)
$1,893,219,825 $3,487,999,163 54.3%
Phil Harvey 3 Art Director (3) $2,524,243,554 $3,428,787,891 73.6%
Fred Hole 3 Art Director (3) $2,247,870,086 $4,126,620,142 54.5%
Giles Nuttgens 3 Second Unit Camera (3) $2,524,243,554 $2,529,339,550 99.8%
Trisha Biggar 3 Costume Designer (3) $2,524,243,554 $2,524,243,554 100.0%
Dennis Muren 3 Visual Effects-Director of Photography (2)
Visual Effects Supervisor (1)
$2,133,728,837 $7,199,122,595 29.6%
Richard Edlund 3 Visual Effects (Miniature and Optical) (3) $1,893,219,825 $3,337,322,150 56.7%
Gary Rydstrom 3 Re-recording Mixer (3)
Sound Designer (1)
$3,687,493,641 $14,226,674,736 25.9%
Steve Slanec 3 Dialogue Editor (3) $1,565,894,320 $1,880,839,747 83.3%
Nick Gillard 3 Stunt Coordinator (3) $2,524,243,554 $3,312,138,545 76.2%
Stuart Freeborn 3 Special Make up Effects-Creature Design (2)
Makeup Supervisor (1)
$1,893,219,825 $2,193,419,825 86.3%
Gary Kurtz 2 Producer (2) $1,320,594,416 $1,320,594,416 100.0%
Paul Hirsch 2 Editor (2) $1,320,594,416 $2,879,858,849 45.9%
Marcia Lucas 2 Editor (2) $1,359,161,074 $1,359,161,074 100.0%
Stephen Jones 2 Production Supervisor (2) $1,497,198,877 $3,204,229,024 46.7%
John Barry 2 Production Designer (1)
Second Unit Director (1)
$1,320,594,416 $2,306,623,067 57.3%
Simon Emanuel 2 Executive Producer (1)
Production Manager (1)
$2,012,248,964 $4,143,712,994 48.6%
Ian Gracie 2 Art Director (2) $1,497,198,877 $3,327,673,963 45.0%
Bruce Sharman 2 Production Manager (1)
Production Supervisor (1)
$1,320,594,416 $1,320,594,416 100.0%
Roger Christian 2 Second Unit Director (1)
Set Decorator (1)
$1,813,580,342 $2,017,496,565 89.9%
David Tomblin 2 Assistant Director (2)
Second Unit Director (1)
$1,106,684,160 $2,357,919,766 46.9%
Peter Walpole 2 Set Decorator (2) $1,675,244,677 $2,109,975,537 79.4%
Leslie Dilley 2 Art Director (2) $1,320,594,416 $2,195,632,445 60.1%
Harry Lange 2 Art Director (1)
Set Decorator (1)
$1,106,684,160 $1,106,684,160 100.0%
Nicole Young 2 Costume Supervisor (2) $1,497,198,877 $1,794,168,671 83.4%
Michael Ford 2 Set Decorator (2) $1,106,684,160 $4,536,846,442 24.4%
Paul Brincat 2 Recordist (2) $1,497,198,877 $2,921,736,624 51.2%
David Acord 2 Sound Editor (1)
Sound Designer (1)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
$2,080,944,407 $2,804,171,872 74.2%
Andy Nelson 2 Music (2) $2,861,247,841 $20,091,517,979 14.2%
Christopher Scarabosio 2 Re-recording Mixer (2)
Dialogue Editor (1)
$2,861,247,841 $5,738,474,170 49.9%
John Mollo 2 Costume Designer (2) $1,320,594,416 $1,566,428,910 84.3%
Ron Beck 2 Costume Supervisor (2) $1,359,161,074 $2,526,936,626 53.8%
Roger Guyett 2 Visual Effects Supervisor (3)
Second Unit Director (1)
$2,861,247,841 $10,070,139,315 28.4%
Richard Burrow 2 Sound Editor (1)
Sound Effects Editor (1)
$1,106,684,160 $1,106,684,160 100.0%
Sue Love 2 Hairstylist (2) $1,675,244,677 $1,939,113,835 86.4%
Robin Gurland 2 Casting Director (2) $1,675,244,677 $1,675,389,055 100.0%
Bonnie Koehler 2 Sound Editor (1)
Dialogue Editor (1)
$1,106,684,160 $1,228,390,179 90.1%
Curt Schulkey 2 Dialogue Editor (2) $1,106,684,160 $2,697,265,848 41.0%
Graham Freeborn 2 Make up (2) $1,106,684,160 $1,106,684,160 100.0%
Irene Lamb 2 Casting Director (2) $1,320,594,416 $1,555,189,341 84.9%
Peter Diamond 2 Stunt Coordinator (2) $1,320,594,416 $1,320,594,416 100.0%