May 25, 1977, seemed very much like an ordinary day to many Americans. Of course, for writer and director George Lucas, it was a bit of a nerve-racking time. He’d already found a certain amount of success with previous ventures, but a great deal of time, money, effort, and creativity rested on this particular day. It was the opening day of a brand new movie he’d created with a vast team of producers, set designers, special effects experts, actors, and other industry professionals.
Kickstarting an Unprecedented Empire
This previously mentioned date was the day the first Star Wars movie reached the big screen. Lucas and others who were involved in the venture already knew it would generate a bit of success. After all, he’d launched a paperback novel entitled, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, just over a year before the movie was set to go public. That was long before people could check my site for the latest Star Wars news, but it was the beginning of something massive.
That novel’s first production run of 125,000 copies quickly sold out, so surely people would want to see the movie as well. Little did anyone know this would kickstart a long-running global empire and leave millions of people constantly chomping at the bit for more. Millions of fans are still constantly checking with websites like The Direct for what’s coming next.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope initially generated more than $775 million in sales worldwide. That was only the beginning, according to realtimecampaign.com and many other sources. Based on the surging number of fans across the globe, there’s very little denying their accuracy.
Exploring an Epic Fictional Adventure
During that first Star Wars movie, the world was introduced to the incredibly gifted Luke Skywalker as well as several other characters who would become icons during the years, and decades, to come. As far as fans are concerned, there’s no need to name them all though some people’s opinions of certain leading characters vary a bit as noted in the recent write-up, What my 8-year-old son taught me about Star Wars.
From there, the Star Wars franchise took off at light speed. Over the next few years, Episodes V and VI were released, both of which further spurred people’s interest in the events that unfolded a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each movie brought the franchise a growing following and related lines of merchandise generated continually skyrocketing sales.
In 1999, when the second Star Wars trilogy of movies came to light, the franchise saw similar success. Those three films, which were prequels to the originals, drew people further into the storyline. They also introduced a new generation to the plot and characters that had already found their way into so many people’s hearts. They introduced a few new much-loved characters and concepts as well.
Venturing into the Future
Obviously, all the Star Wars releases to date have only fueled the world’s love of the franchise. Fortunately, there’s still plenty more to come from the phenomenon. It has been well over 40 years since the first movie was released, and people are still enthralled with it. There’s no doubt they’ll still be abuzz about it for the next four decades and beyond.