'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.  "On opening day ... in the afternoon I did a radio call-in show in Washington and this guy, this caller, was really enthusiastic and talking about the movie in really deep detail," Gary Kurtz, the producer of "Star Wars," said. "I said, 'You know a lot abut the film.' He said, 'Yeah, yeah, I've seen it four times already.' And that was opening day. I knew something was happening." The original trilogy was re-released in theater s in 1997 to commemorate the franchise's 20th anniversary. These "Special Edition" releases featured controversial digital alterations to the original series.

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