Just a few weeks before media outlets suddenly became obsessed with “the slump” at the box office, the hot entertainment story was fans obsessed with “Star Wars.”
But even as B.O. gloom and doom has set in, “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” has quietly become the 10th biggest grossing film of all time with $368 million and is close on the heels of the next three pics on the chart: “The Passion of the Christ” with $371 million, “Spider-Man 2’s” $374 million and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at $377 million.
Internationally, it’s made even more, $379 million, giving it a worldwide cume of $747 million.
In George Lucas‘ “Star Wars” franchise, it’s the second biggest run of the series, behind just “Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” which brought in $431 million in 1999. The original “Star Wars” grossed $307 million in its original run (though in later reissues it grossed another $154 million).
But “Sith” has done far better than the 2002’s “Attack of the Clones,” which totaled out $311 million domestic.