Tickets sold (estimated): 142.7 million
Unadjusted domestic gross: $461 million
Adjusted domestic gross: $1.6 billion
Here’s a review that aged like milk: “There's something depressing about seeing all these impressive cinematic gifts and all this extraordinary technological skills lavished on such puerile materials…. We enjoyed such stuff as children, but one would think there would come a time when we might put away childish things,”wrote a critic for the Wall Street Journal, reviewing “Star Wars” in 1977.
Forty-two years later, will we absolutely not put away childish things — it has become a cultural phenomenon to revisit our childhoods whenever possible. Nothing exemplifies this more than “Star Wars,” with all of its sequels, remakes and one-off movies. The franchise is here to stay forever, and this is the film that started it all.