“Star Wars” Franchise Has Now Paid For Itself

Five years ago, Walt Disney Pictures handed out $4.06 billion to buy Lucasfilm. Now, with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” crossing the $934.2 million worldwide mark today, it has been revealed the deal has effectively paid for itself.

Combined ticket sales of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have now surpassed the $4.06 billion mark covering the cost of the acquisition.

Of course that figure doesn’t take into account exhibitor cuts and the hundreds of millions spent to produce and market the film, but it also doesn’t include lucrative ancillary revenue streams, merchandising sales or theme park attractions.

Those figures however are much harder to come by, which makes this an interesting benchmark only. ‘The Force Awakens’ ended up with $2.068 billion globally, ‘Rogue One’ with $1.056 billion, and ‘Last Jedi’ is now on course to end up somewhere between the two.

Source: Heat Vision