With “The Last Jedi” hitting theatres on Dec. 15, now is a great time to reacquaint yourself with the cast behind “The Force Awakens” to celebrate the latest release in the Star Wars saga.
Star Wars Box Office Earnings
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the seventh installment in the overall series and the first of a new trilogy for the “Star Wars” movie franchise. “The Force Awakens” scored the highest-grossing opening weekend and largest box office weekend of all time with $247.9 million in earnings. In the U.S. alone, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” grossed $936.1 million over the course of its run, the highest domestic gross to date, according to Box Office Mojo.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also raked in $1.13 billion overseas, earning a total of $2.07 billion worldwide. Including box office earnings, home entertainment sales, toys and merchandise, video games, intellectual property and other revenue streams, the “Star Wars” brand has earned $42 billion throughout its nearly 40-year history, reported Fortune.
Here’s a look at how much the “Star Wars” movies have earned at the box office:
|“Star Wars” Movie Earnings|
|Film||Domestic Gross||Worldwide Gross||Worldwide Adjusted for Inflation||Release Date|
|“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”||$460.9 million||$775.4 million||$3.11 billion||May 25, 1977|
|“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”||$290.5 million||$538.38 million||$1.59 billion||May 21, 1980|
|“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”||$309.3 million||$475.1 million||$1.16 billion||May 25, 1983|
|“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”||$474.5 million||$1.03 billion||$1.51 billion||May 19, 1999|
|“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”||$310.6 million||$640.4 million||$872.6 million||May 16, 2002|
|“Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”||$380.3 million||$848.8 million||$1.06 billion||May 19, 2005|
|“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”||$936.6 million||$2.07 billion||$2.1 billion||Dec. 18, 2015|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||$532.2 million||$1.06 billion||$1.08 billion||Dec. 16, 2016|
|Data from BoxOfficeMojo.com, Dec. 2017|
With “The Force Awakens” sequel “Star Wars: Episode VIII” due out Dec. 15, 2017, this juggernaut franchise doesn’t show any signs of slowing down — and neither does George Lucas, who created the franchise. According to Forbes, George Lucas’ net worth is a staggering $5.3 billion, which can largely be credited to the series’ success.
But Lucas isn’t the only one who has benefited from the continued success of Star Wars. Some of the main stars in the older movies joined the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” cast — and they have acquired incredible wealth from the franchise, as well. Here’s a look at how the cast has fared financially.
J.J. Abrams Net Worth: $120 Million
Producer, writer and director J.J. Abrams is worth $120 million. Widely known for creating the TV show “Lost” and directing the latest “Star Trek” movies — including 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” — Abrams directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Last year, he made Forbes’ “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities List,” along with fellow directors Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Joss Whedon. Abrams is reported to have made $4.8 million directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” not including 2 percent of the film’s gross earnings, according to the Daily Mail.
Abrams has earned much of his fortune thanks to a combination of box-office hits and popular TV shows, including “Armageddon,” “Cloverfield,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Alias,” “Felicity,” “Almost Human” and “Person of Interest.” Currently, the Hollywood big shot is working on a few projects, including “Star Trek Beyond” and “Mission: Impossible 6.”
Harrison Ford Net Worth: $230 Million
Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford started his career as a carpenter in Los Angeles. His woodworking trade led to a connection that landed him a role in 1973’s “American Graffiti,” which put him on George Lucas’ radar.
Harrison Ford’s $230 million net worth is linked to over 40 film credits, which have banked an estimated $8.65 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo. On average, Ford’s movies earn more than $231.7 million.
The 73-year-old was paid just $10,000 for his unforgettable role as smuggler, Millennium Falcon captain and rebel hero Han Solo in the original “Star Wars” in 1977. But he pulled in $100,000 for “The Empire Strikes Back” and banked $500,000 for “Return of the Jedi.”
For “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Ford earned $24.4 million off fees, plus 0.5 percent of the film’s gross earnings, reported the Daily Mail.
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Carrie Fisher Net Worth: $25 Million
Carrie Fisher was just 19 years old when she was cast as the rebel leader Princess Leia in the original Star Wars. Although her salary was never disclosed, Fisher was wise enough to join several other principal actors — like Mark Hamill — in agreeing to take a percentage of the movie’s profits, plus a take of TV screenings, re-releases and more.
The young actress, however, made the critical mistake of signing away her likeness, meaning she has missed out on mountains of money from Star Wars merchandise. Early contractual mishaps aside, Carrie Fisher has amassed a net worth of $25 million. For “The Force Awakens,” Carrie Fisher was paid a low seven-figure salary.
Oscar Isaac Net Worth: $8 Million
Oscar Isaac has landed roles in numerous blockbusters, from “Drive” to “Robin Hood,” in addition to critically-acclaimed films, like Oscar winner “Ex Machina.”
In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Isaac plays Poe Dameron, an X-wing fighter pilot for the Resistance. In May 2016, the actor will star as the villain Apocalypse in the Marvel film “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Oscar Isaac’s net worth is $8 million. He is expected to return for “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
Daisy Ridley Net Worth: $2 Million
Daisy Ridley made her big-screen debut as Rey, the main character in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Rey is a scavenger on the planet Jakku who is thrown into the midst of an intergalactic war.
The actress’ career has been propelled by the success of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” for which she earned between $100,000 and $300,000, according to Variety. Daisy Ridley, who even landed an MTV Movie Award for her role as Rey, has a net worth estimated at $2 million.
John Boyega Net Worth: $2 Million
London-born actor John Boyega landed his first big movie role in 2011 with “Attack the Block.” He scored roles in “Half of a Yellow Sun” in 2013 and “Imperial Dreams” in 2014. But it’s his role as defected Stormtrooper Finn in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that put Boyega on the map.
Finn helps Rey fight against the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire. With the film scoring box office success and critical praise, John Boyega’s net worth is $2 million. The actor is slated to appear in the upcoming thriller “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.
Mark Hamill Net Worth: $12 Million
Unlike Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill was an established actor by the time he took on the role of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars. Hamill reportedly earned $650,000 for the film — a hefty paycheck in 1977. Mark Hamill had the foresight to sign onto the film in exchange for one-fourth of one percent of the film’s future earnings.
For “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Hamill was paid a low seven-figure salary, according to Variety. Owed to his successful career in film, television, voice acting and theater, Mark Hamill’s net worth is $12 million.
Adam Driver Net Worth: $2 Million
Avid viewers of HBO’s “Girls,” will recognize Adam Driver in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The actor plays Kylo Ren, commander of the First Order and lead antagonist, serving under Supreme Leader Snoke.
Adam Driver reportedly earned a mid-to-high six-figure salary for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” according to Variety. His net worth is $2 million.
Peter Mayhew Net Worth: $500,000
Peter Mayhew is the actor behind the lovable Chewbacca. He acted in the original Star Wars movie trilogy and “Revenge of the Sith.” In “The Force Awakens,” he appears alongside Harrison Ford. Peter Mayhew’s net worth is $500,000.
Lupita Nyong’o Net Worth: $5 Million
In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Lupita Nyong’o appears as Maz Kanata. The Academy Award-winning actress appeared in the drama “Queen of Katwe” in 2016, and she voiced Raksha in the live-action remake of Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”
In addition to acting, Nyong’o has a lucrative deal with Lancôme. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lancôme’s parent company, L’Oreal, reportedly pays its spokespeople a salary in the seven-figure range. Lupita Nyong’o’s net worth is $5 million.
All net worth figures are according to Celebrity Net Worth unless otherwise noted.
Andrew Lisa contributed to this article.