Star Wars The Force Awakens Box Office Final Tally

There was a lot of speculation on how much money The Force Awakens would make at the box office. We have a good tally on that number now.

The results are unsurprising to me.  I called it.  This is my victory lap.

The Force Awakens grossed $248 Million its opening weekend (“closer to $250 MM” was my call) and grossed $2.06 Billion worldwide throughout its run (I called over $2 Billion).  It grossed $936 Million in the US throughout its run.

Where does that place it in the pantheon of Star Wars films.  Let’s look at some historical and inflation-adjusted numbers so we can get an idea.
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All values in Millions of USD.  Inflation adjusted values are marked with *  and are in 2016 dollars.  All amounts were sourced from boxofficemojo.com.

Film Open Open Adj  World  World Adj 
TFA-2015 $248  $ 248  $ 2066 $ 2066
RotS-2005 $108 $ 136  $ 848 $ 1068
AotC-2002  $80  $ 109 $ 649 $ 887
TPM-1998 $64  $ 94 $ 1027 $ 1516
RotJ-1983 $30.5  $ 75 $ 475 $ 1173
ESB-1980 $6.4  $ 19 $ 538 $ 1606
ANH-1977 $1.5  $ 6.1 $ 775 $ 3145

These aren’t all apples-to-apples numbers, however.  A New Hope and Empire opened with very few theatres.  So their opening weekends don’t really show the economic pull.  The large Adjusted wordwide gross numbers for A New Hope include a few re-releases of the film in 1978 and 1979.   Notwithstanding, though, this $3Billion+ gross remains outstanding no matter how you look at it.

These numbers, though, show just how well The Force Awakens performed in the box office.  It was a good film that delivered a lot of what Star Wars fans were looking for.  It was better than the prequels (thank God), but brought its own set of intrigue about the new characters.

But the film wasn’t perfect.  There’s still room for Episode VIII to make a significant mark in the Star Wars Saga and potentially beat TFA’s revenues.  Even Rogue One has the potential to really ring the register if its take on Episode IV-era look and feel meets an outstanding story.  Though TFA had the benefit of significant lead-up anticipation (and may never be duplicated again), a great Star Wars story can always pack houses.

 

 

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