In October of 2012, Disney and Lucasfilm called a press conference to announce Disney had purchased the studio that brought us Star Wars, the Indiana Jones series, Labyrinth and Willow for four billion dollars. Lucas also received 400 million shares in the Mouse House.
George Lucas stepped aside, and Kathleen Kennedy, the former co-chairman of Lucasfilm, was made President of Lucasfilm and the Executive Producer of any new Lucasfilm production.
At the same time, Disney and Lucasfilm announced a new Star Wars movie that would take place AFTER Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
That new film was scheduled for 2015, and as we all know, it made it’s release date.
Recently, just before the release of the movie, reports started to come out saying that for Disney to make its money back, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would need to make 1.4 billion dollars, and so would Episodes VIII and IX.
That would mean that the new Star Wars film would pretty much need to break every record ever.
And it has.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens just hit that magical 1.4 billion dollar mark, and now people are saying it just might make 2 billion dollars.
Congratulations to everyone involved in The Force Awakens.
Something tells me J.J. Abrams is going to be able to make any movie he wants to make, thanks to the almost universal praise Episode VII has received, not to mention its success at the box office!
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is currently playing in cinemas around the world, and is due to open in China very soon.