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From breaking box office news about Revenge of the Sith to a look back at the past episodes, including news, reviews, charts and commentary, this briefing provides a comprehensive overview of creator George Lucas' blockbuster motion picture series, Star Wars.
 

RECENT ARTICLES
6/5/05 'Cinderella Man' Pulls a Punch, 'Madagascar' Claims Weekend Title
Sith is fastest movie to pass $300 million.
5/30/05 'Star Wars' Edges Out Critters and Convicts
Revenge of the Sith reigned over Memorial Day weekend with an estimate $70.8 million, despite strong debuts for The Longest Yard and Madagascar.
5/23/05 Final 'Star Wars' is Box Office 'Revenge'
Revenge of the Sith outdid nearly every opening record with its $158.4 million four-day haul.
5/22/05 Around the World Roundup
Revenge of the Sith builds overseas empire.
5/21/05 'Sith' Snares Estimated $35M on Friday
Revenge of the Sith on track to four-day record.
5/20/05 'Sith' Destroys Single Day Record
Revenge of the Sith made history with its $50,013,859 opening day.
5/19/05 'Sith' Draws $16.5M at Midnight
Revenge of the Sith set a new record for midnight showings.
5/18/05 From Luke to Anakin: Growing up Star Wars
Commentary by Scott Holleran
5/9/05 Revenge of the Sith
The Emperor's New Clones
Review by Scott Holleran
9/26/04 George Lucas vs. the Stormtroopers
Commentary by Scott Holleran
9/21/04 'Star Wars' Trilogy Premieres on DVD
   
NEWS & ANALYSIS BY MOVIE
The Phantom Menace
5/17/99 'Phantom Menace' Forecast
Will Phantom Menace Break Titanic's $600.8 million record?
5/20/99 'Phantom Menace' Opening Day: $28,542,349
Opening Day Record Shattered.
5/21/99 'Phantom' Thursday: $12,307,918
Down 56.9% second day, two-day total: $40.850,267.
5/24/99
 
 
'Phantom' Weekend: $64,810,970
Opening weekend analysis and list of records broken.
6/2/99 'Phantom' Second Weekend
Two more records broken.
6/7/99 'Phantom Menace' Third Weekend
Phantom falls 36%.
6/15/99 'Phantom Menace' Fourth Weekend
Spy Who Shagged Me bags $54.9 million, Phantom falls just 22.1%.
6/21/99 'Phantom Menace' Fifth Weekend
Big movies compliment the box office, Phantom holds strong.
Attack of the Clones
5/14/02 'Attack of the Clones' to Invade 3,161 Theaters
To be shown on 6,100 screens in U.S.; to debut in 74 different countries.
5/16/02 'Star Wars' Not Likely to 'Clone' 'Spider-Man's Success
Pre-Opening Weekend Analysis.
5/17/02 In the Midnight Hour, 'Attack of the Clones' Attracts $6-8 Million
Early Analysis.
5/17/02 Australia Invaded by 'Clones'
Box office report.
5/17/02 'Attack of the Clones' Thursday: $30,141,417
Third biggest opening day ever, more records broken.
5/20/02 'Attack of the Clones' Conquers the World with $179 Million Opening
Opening weekend analysis and audience demographics.
5/20/02 'Attack of the Clones' Lands $6 Million Short of Fox Estimate
Box office analysis.
5/22/02 'Attack of the Clones' Trails 'Phantom Menace' During the Week
Box office analysis.
5/23/02 'Attack of the Clones' First week: $134,869,203
Clones earns second-highest grossing week ever.
5/25/02 'Clones' Controls Friday with Estimated $12.8 Million
After nine days, Attack of the Clones has soared to $154.1 million.
5/26/02 'Clones' En Route to $62 Million Memorial Day Weekend
Tenth day box office analysis.
5/28/02 'Clones,' 'Spider-Man' Lead Record Memorial Weekend
Clones second weekend box office analysis.
5/31/02 'Fears' Come True: 'Clones' Could Fall to 2nd in Post-Memorial Day Session
Pre-weekend analysis.
6/1/02 'Sum of All Fears' Tallies First Place Finish on Friday
Attack of the Clones falls to second place.
6/3/02 'Sum of All Fears' Detonates in First Place, Sending 'Clones' to Second
Clones implodes, falling 56% in its third weekend.
6/7/02 Box Office to Keep 'Bad Company,' While 'Ya-Ya' Counter-Programs for Success
Weekend analysis, including fourth weekend of Attack of the Clones.
6/10/02 'Bad' Business for Bruckheimer's Latest as 'Sum' Stays on Top
Weekend analysis, including fifth weekend of Attack of the Clones.
6/13/02 'Clones' Storms the Adjusted All Time Chart
Attack of the Clones second movie in 2002 to break into top 100 adjusted for inflation.
6/14/02 'Clones' Retreats From 760 Theaters
Exhibitors make room for new releases in the marketplace.
6/17/02 Audiences Do the 'Doo' as a New Franchise is 'Bourne'
Attack of the Clones holds up in sixth weekend.
6/24/02 'Minority Report' Tops 'Lilo & Stitch' in Photo Finish
Clones drops 45% and lands in ninth place in seventh weekend.
7/1/02 'Mr. Deeds' Goes to Town as 'Stitch' and 'Minority' Have another Photo Finish
Clones 46-day total stands at $286,253,833 in its eighth weekend.
7/8/02 Same Weekend, New Record. 'Men in Black 2' Bags $87 Million Fourth of July Weekend
Attack of the Clones stays in top 12 with $2.5 million, despite losing 639 theaters.
7/9/02 'Attack of the Clones' Eclipses 'Empire'
Clones passes Empire Strikes Back to 14th on all time chart.
7/10/02 'Matrix Reloaded' 'Clones' Thursday Release
Analysis.
7/15/02 Blessed Business for 'Perdition' as 'Men in Black II' Hangs Onto Top Spot
Clones loses 530 theaters and tumbles 48% in ninth weekend.
11/1/02 Attack of the Clones: The IMAX Experience
For a Fan's Eyes Only
Review by Billy Reeves
Revenge of the Sith
5/9/05 Revenge of the Sith
The Emperor's New Clones
Review by Scott Holleran
5/19/05 'Sith' Draws $16.5M at Midnight
Revenge of the Sith set a new record for midnight showings.
5/20/05 'Sith' Destroys Single Day Record
Revenge of the Sith made history with its $50,013,859 opening day.
5/21/05 'Sith' Snares Estimated $35M on Friday
Revenge of the Sith on track to four-day record.
5/22/05 Around the World Roundup
Revenge of the Sith opens with overseas empire.
5/22/05 Final 'Star Wars' is Box Office 'Revenge'
Revenge of the Sith outdid nearly every opening record with an estimated $158.5 million four-day haul.
5/30/05 'Star Wars' Edges Out Critter and Convicts
Revenge of the Sith reigned over Memorial Day weekend with an estimate $70.8 million, despite strong debuts for The Longest Yard and Madagascar.
6/5/05 'Cinderella Man' Pulls a Punch, 'Madagascar' Claims Weekend Title
Sith is fastest movie to pass $300 million.
STAR WARS BOX OFFICE
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Records Broken*

Star Wars
All Time Domestic Box Office
First $300+ Million Movie
Top Grossing Rated PG
Top Gross Rated PG Adjusted for Inflation
Top Grossing Rated G & PG
Top Grossing Movie of 1977

The Empire Strikes Back
Weekly Gross (in its fifth week)
Top Grossing Movie of 1980

Return of the Jedi
Opening Day & Opening Wednesday
Single Day Gross
Opening Weekend Gross
Fastest to $100 Million
Fastest to $200 Million
Top Grossing Movie of 1983
Opening Weekend of 1983

The Phantom Menace
Opening Day & Opening Wednesday
Wednesday Gross
Single Day Gross
Five Day Gross
Six Day Gross
Non-Holiday Weekend Gross
Second Weekend Gross
Opening Week Gross
Fastest to $100 Million
Fastest to $200 Million
Fastest to $300 Million
Top Grossing Movie of 1999
Top Opening Weekend of 1999
Top Grossing Movie of 1999 Worldwide

Attack of the Clones
Most Ubiquitous World-Wide Release
Widest Digitally Projected Debut
Opening Thursday Gross
Opening Weekday (M-Th) Gross
International Opening Weekend

Revenge of the Sith
Most Ubiquitous World-Wide Release
Midnight Launch Gross
Opening Day
Single Day Gross
Thursday Gross
2-Day & 3-Day Gross
4-Day Gross
5-Day Gross
6-Day Gross
9-Day Gross
10-Day Gross
11 & 12-Day Gross

Biggest World-Wide Opening Gross
Fastest to $100 Million
Fastest to $300 Million
Opening Weekend of 2005
Top Grossing Movie of 2005

*Note: Records were broken at the time of release and may have subsequently been broken. Italics indicate current record holder.
 

MOVIE PAGES
Star Wars The Phantom Menace
The Empire Strikes Back Attack of the Clones
Return of the Jedi Revenge of the Sith

 

PEOPLE PAGES
Mark Hamill Ewan McGregor
Harrison Ford Natalie Portman
Carrie Fisher Hayden Christensen
George Lucas Liam Neeson
John Williams Samuel L. Jackson

 

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ADDITIONAL LINKS
Official Star Wars Web site
Lucasfilm Ltd.
20th Century Fox
theForce.net Star Wars Fan Site

 

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