‘Star Wars’ budgets increase each year

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

“Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope,” released in 1977, had a budget around $11 million.*
The following movie released in 1980, “Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back,” had a larger budget of $18 million.*
The final movie of the original trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” had an approximated budget of $32 million.*
Both “STAR WARS: Episode I, The Phantom Menace” and “Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones,” released in 1999 and 2002, had an astonishing IMDb estimated budget of $115 million.*
The final movie in the prequel trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” was released in 2005 and had a $113 million budget.*
The upcoming film, Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens, is to be released on Thursday, and is expected to have a bewildering budget in the ballpark of $175 to $200 million.*
As the Vader himself said in Episode V, “We would be honored if you could join us.” And by us, I of course mean us Star Wars fanatics at the theaters next week
*Data collected on episodes 1-6 based on estimates from imDb.com. Budget numbers for episode 7 based on data from collider.com

Jakob S. Miller is a freshman at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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