‘Star Wars’ returning to the silver screen
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‘Star Wars’ at the box office

‘Star Wars’ returning to the silver screen
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the first installment in the next trilogy of “Star Wars” films. Here’s a look at how each of the previous episodes fared at the box office.  (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
‘Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope’ (1977)
Domestic box office: $460,998,007 | Worldwide box office: $775,398,007 | As soon as “Star Wars” thundered into theaters on May 25, 1977, it was clear the film was a force to be reckoned with.  (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
‘Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)
Domestic box office: $290,475,067 | Worldwide box office: $538,375,067 | “The Empire Strikes Back” is perhaps the most critically revered film in the “Star Wars” franchise, but Irvin Kershner, the movie’s director, nearly didn’t take the job.  (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
‘Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi’ (1983)
Domestic box office: $309,306,177 | Worldwide box office: $475,106,177 | Six years after “Star Wars” made its debut, the original series came to a close with “Return of the Jedi.” For Lucas, it was a welcome ending.  (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
‘Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace’ (1999)
Domestic box office: $474,544,677 | Worldwide box office: $1,027,044,677 | 16 years after the original trilogy, “The Phantom Menace” hit theaters, beginning the prequel trilogy and introducing new characters into the Star Wars universe, including Darth Maul and the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd.)
‘Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones’ (2002)
Domestic box office: $310,676,740 | Worldwide box office: $649,398,328 | Anakin Skywalker’s transformation from a precocious, pod-racing kid to the ultimate villain Darth Vader continued in 2002’s “Attack of the Clones,” in which Hayden Christensen portrayed the sullen young Jedi. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
‘Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith’ (2005)
Domestic box office: $380,270,577 | Worldwide box office: $848,754,768 | George Lucas wrapped up the prequel trilogy in “Revenge of the Sith,” which hit theaters 28 years after the original “Star Wars.” The PG-13 film featured several intensely violent scenes as Anakin turns to the Dark Side. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ (2015)

Domestic box office: $928,842,219 | Worldwide box office: $2,052,842,219  | The force returned -- big time -- with the J.J. Abrams-directed film, which introduced a new generation of characters. It was the first film in the franchise released by Disney after purchasing the rights from the saga’s creator, George Lucas. 

 (Film Frame / Associated Press )
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi’ (2017)

Domestic box office: $620,181,382 | Worldwide box office: $1,332,459,537  | With the destruction of the Republic, the evil First Order reigns. Supreme Leader Snoke, the latest Sith Lord, looks to crush what’s left of the Resistance. But Rey has found Luke Skywalker, and that could change the tide of war.

 (Lucasfilm)
‘Rogue One’ (2016)

Domestic box office: $532,177,324 | Worldwide gross: $$1,056,057,273 | The first standalone film in the franchise fills out a story hinted at many times before as a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

 (Jonathan Olley & Leah Evans / Lucasfilm)
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