Star Wars has so far released ten movies in theaters (counting the 2008 animation film The Clone Wars), and put together the franchise has earned more than the Harry Potter at the global box office. From the time the galaxy far, far away debuted in 1977, Star Wars has been leading the pop culture juggernaut and has been popular to the extent that very few franchises have seen. That’s what led to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, and they went on to resurrect the dormant franchise by releasing a new movie every year. The revival started with The Force Awakens in 2015, and Disney has been rolling in the cash since then.
Buying Lucasfilm and all its properties for a total of $4 billion, took Disney only three movies to recover that amount (besides the huge unmentioned money earned from merchandise sales). While it is the current trend to make superhero and comic book based movies, but, Star Wars has been ruling the box office in recent years, with three back to back $1 billion-plus movies (The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi), which have finished their box office runs as the highest grossing films for three successive years. That success allowed Star Wars to scale some all-time positions, and it has just gone past another iconic fantasy franchise.
As reported by Star Wars News Net, all the Star Wars films put together have earned $8.55 billion globally, edging out the $8.53 billion earned by the nine Harry Potter films. The Wizarding World based on J.K. Rowling’s eight cinematic adaptations of her books, plus the spinoff/prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts, The Crimes of Grindlewald, will release this fall. Star Wars is now momentarily the second highest grossing movie franchise ever.
The small lead earned by Star Wars will further increase before Grindlewald releases in November. The Last Jedi has been through only three weekends and has a long cinematic run ahead before bowing out. Estimates are that it will finish its global run at about $1.6 billion (it is presently positioned at $1.04 billion). Further, Lucasfilm will release Solo: A Star Wars Story in May, which is expected to do well at the box office. However, rumors are that Disney is trying to bring it down. However, it has ranked among the most anticipated films of 2018, which is a good sign for its chances. Star Wars will further consolidate its second position when J.J. Abrams movie Episode IX releases in December 2019. There is no information about the release schedule of Fantastic Beasts Three.
Sadly, Lucasfilm is going to ultimately settle down at the second place, because they will end up trailing to the MCU. Seventeen MCU movies have earned a mind-blowing $13.5 billion globally, and that tally will further increase during this year. Marvel is now releasing three movies each year, and it has Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp lined up over the next six odd months. On the other hand, Lucasfilm is happy releasing a film a year, which has done well for Kathleen Kennedy and team. They might increase there output in future, but, this is not a race for them.