Happy May the 4th Day! To celebrate this official (not), saber-themed holiday, we’ve put together everything and anything your curious Jedi mind might want to know about the cost of the Star Wars franchise. Onwards!
The total worth of the entire Star War franchise includes films, merchandise sales, new media sales, product sales and other film-related things that generate any kind of revenue spanning over their 35 years. Although figures vary across the net, according to American-based 24/7 Wall St, the Star Wars franchise is valued at well over $30 billion. You could say that it’s a force to be reckoned with. This total is based off publicly available data and the prediction of future sales and income generation.
To give you an idea of the cost and revenue generated by the Star Wars films alone, the budget of the original Star Wars was an estimated $11 million in 1977, according to IMBD. Adjusted for inflation, this totals a little over $43 million (aka Robert Downey Jr’s salary for the most recent Marvel movie).
The box office opening weekend in America alone saw ticket sales reach north of $35 million. Fast-forward a few decades to the most recent instalment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which comes with a hefty $245 million price tag. Sure, it’s nothing to sneeze at, but if you’re Disney and you also happen to be racking in a pleasant $800 million in domestic box office sales, you’re probably one happy Padawan.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens also casually broke the record for the best worldwide opening sales at an impressive $528 million in its opening weekend. The film was pretty much generating money at warp speed, even taking into account the actor’s generous salaries.
While salaries are unconfirmed, Harrison Ford (aka the SPOILER SPOILER dead Han Solo) is said to have earned between a wallet stuffing $10-$20 million as the highest paid actor in this instalment. It’s likely that actors will see a pay jump in the next episode on the back of the success of The Force Awakens.
And that’s only figures on the films, which coincidentally, don’t earn as much for Walt Disney as Star Wars merchandise. Yes, the real payday (are the figures making your head spin yet?) comes with pre-film and post-film merchandise. As in toys, action figures, games and more recently, Dark Side mascara and Stormtrooper necklaces aimed at women (girls?). According to analysts, The Force Awakens merchandise is promised to rack in $5 billion by the end of this year for the Mickey Mouse company.
With the 1978 vinyl Cape Jawa (no I don’t know remember him either) produced by Kenner valued at $18,000 for a mint condition, boxed figurine, it might be worth investing in a few boxes this year for the attic.