Star Wars


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Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away", following the main story of Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke.

The first film in the series, Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope), was released on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. It was followed by two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the Star Wars original trilogy, and received positive reviews. A prequel trilogy was released between 1999 and 2005 and received a mixed reaction from critics and fans. All six films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $4.38 billion,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> making Star Wars the fifth-highest-grossing film series.<ref name="Numbers franchises">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The series has spawned an extensive media franchise—the Expanded Universe—including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books, resulting in significant development of the series's fictional universe. Star Wars also holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise." In 2012, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion (£19.51 billion), including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

In 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced three new Star Wars films, with the first film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, planned for release on December 18, 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> 20th Century Fox retains the physical distribution rights to the first two Star Wars trilogies, owning permanent rights for the original 1977 film and holding the rights to Episodes IIII, V and VI until May 2020.<ref name="FOXrights">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="DisneyFY13">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The Walt Disney Studios owns digital distribution rights to all the Star Wars films, excluding A New Hope.<ref name="DisneyFY13" /><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Star Wars sections
Intro  Setting  Theatrical films  Cast and crew  Reception  In other media  Theme park attractions  Legacy  See also  Notes  References  Sources  Further reading  External links  

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