STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE Crossed $1 Billion At The Worldwide Box Office

Known best for how much it's hated by fans, the prequel is set to overtake The Dark Knight to become the #10 top grossing movie of all time. Hit the jump for details. "Meesa so sooo sorry..."

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By Josh Wilding - 2/23/2012


Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999 to a mixed reaction from critics and an overwhelmingly negative backlash from disappointed fans. Regardless, The Hollywood Reporter reveal that George Lucas and 20th Century Fox's decision to rerelease the film in 3D has resulted in it becoming only the 11th film ever to earn over $1 billion globally. Since being released a few weeks back, The Phantom Menace has earned $73.4 million, taking its total to $1,009.4 billion. The kicker? It's now only $1.5 million away from beating 2008's The Dark Knight and becoming the 10th most successful movie of all time.

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whatshisnameMD - 2/23/2012, 5:06 PM
first and it doesn't deserve it
Toasty - 2/23/2012, 5:07 PM
Still doesn't mean it's any good, it just means a lot of people have crappy taste in films.
JaySchluffy - 2/23/2012, 5:07 PM
MUST. CONTAIN. RAGE.
RorMachine - 2/23/2012, 5:09 PM
Not surprising, there are lots of kids that would have gone to see it, and lots of deluded Wars fans that couldn't stay away:)
ScootyPuffJr - 2/23/2012, 5:09 PM
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
ScootyPuffJr - 2/23/2012, 5:10 PM
DAMNIT GASSY!
titansupes - 2/23/2012, 5:11 PM
I want to know who the hell paid to see an awful movie a second time...just because it was in 3D gimmick form.
misner89 - 2/23/2012, 5:11 PM
thats gross
Coldblood6 - 2/23/2012, 5:11 PM
As much as a hate SW:TPM, I despise tdk more. At least TPM is known and accepted as sh!t; tdk still fools people into thinking it's great. And SW fanboys are nowhere near as annoying as nolan-worshippers.

GO TPM!!!
Kaedus - 2/23/2012, 5:12 PM
Oh...just lol
relentless1 - 2/23/2012, 5:13 PM
thats bs, why dont they release dark knight twice and see how it does then??? f*ckin star wars...let it die already, stay on dvd where u belong now your time has passed...let it go lucas
RorMachine - 2/23/2012, 5:14 PM
SageMode - 2/23/2012, 5:14 PM
So re-releasing a Movie in 3d format that came out 13 years ago got this much? That sux. I'll take critical reception over BO gross anyday
Deadpoolican - 2/23/2012, 5:15 PM
lol coldblood is a troll
Kaedus - 2/23/2012, 5:17 PM
@relentless1 As much as I agree (and as a massive Star Wars fan), you can't say it's time has passed. It's been over 10 years and The Phantom Menace has still grossed that much. It may be a bad movie but fair doos to it.
marvel72 - 2/23/2012, 5:17 PM
just talking about this.
Spidey91 - 2/23/2012, 5:19 PM
this means Attack of the Clones 3D,right?
pro346 - 2/23/2012, 5:27 PM
Q the 30million people whinging...get over it people you might not like but judging by its Bo a whole heap of people do!
nerdman81 - 2/23/2012, 5:27 PM
I wonder how much of a cut the stars of these movies get for a re-release! I guarantee that 90% of the people that come on this site and bitch about the prequels were first in line at midnight showings for this garbage! This site is full of hypocrites! As was already said...It doesn't deserve it! Well...neither does TDK, but I digress.
CaptainObvious - 2/23/2012, 5:34 PM
GreenHalJordan - 2/23/2012, 5:36 PM
This piece of crap doesn't deserve a cent.
Nemesys - 2/23/2012, 5:42 PM
Bring on Luke/Mara Jade, and Han/Leia and the kids or...

HellsHammer - 2/23/2012, 5:43 PM
My 13 bucks is part of that!
I know I was part of the "I wont waste my money on that!" and "I refuse to give George Lucas any more of my money!" bandwagon, but I couldnt help it. Sorry!
Nemesys - 2/23/2012, 5:43 PM
Or maybe more like...
Ranger14 - 2/23/2012, 5:43 PM
According to Box Office Mojo - The Top Domestic Grosses Adjusted for Ticket Inflation. http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/adjusted.htm Yes, it is only domestic sales, but it still puts things in a different perspective.

Don't shoot the messenger! :-P


1 Gone with the Wind $1,582,009,400
2 Star Wars $1,394,676,400
3 The Sound of Music $1,115,112,400
4 E.T. $1,110,719,400
5 The Ten Commandments $1,025,730,000
6 Titanic $1,004,948,300
7 Jaws $1,002,857,100
8 Doctor Zhivago $971,980,600
9 The Exorcist $865,991,500
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs $853,470,000
11 101 Dalmatians $782,352,100
12 The Empire Strikes Back $768,754,400
13 Ben-Hur $767,340,000
14 Avatar $761,508,800
15 Return of the Jedi $736,485,200
16 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace $700,990,900
17 The Sting $697,988,600
18 The Lion King $697,661,300
19 Raiders of the Lost Ark $690,150,700
20 Jurassic Park $674,991,700

28 The Dark Knight $581,628,700
Vegeta - 2/23/2012, 5:46 PM
it was only a matter of time..
jf11mm - 2/23/2012, 5:48 PM
I went with a few friends curoisty got the best of me, a waste of money. The 3d effects did nothing for the film.@relentless1 i think it would blow away star wars and avaitar for highest grosiing film.
Coldblood6 - 2/23/2012, 5:49 PM
How am I a troll???

I'm not a troll, I'm a goblin from nilbog. LOL.


Props to whoever gets that.
95 - 2/23/2012, 5:51 PM
I contributed to this madness!!!
95 - 2/23/2012, 5:51 PM
I like my Darth Maul glasses, though...
DarkArts - 2/23/2012, 5:52 PM
The 3-D and the Special Editions grosses should not be added to the originals.
dahamma - 2/23/2012, 5:52 PM
lol Now THIS is funny, oh the irony
RorMachine - 2/23/2012, 6:03 PM
Nomis, let me ask you something..and I'n dead serious, tell me something, a movie preferably, you really dislike.
CPBuff22 - 2/23/2012, 6:08 PM
Half of the movies currently in the top 10 suck any ways. Lots of films that made money from kids or old people.
JR - 2/23/2012, 6:13 PM
just wait until they release a Dark Knight version in 3D in about ten years....... TPM is a shitty movie just look where the other Pirates movie are up there even the trash Alice in Wonderland so............
chicoperdido815 - 2/23/2012, 6:21 PM
Does it really count since it's been at the box office twice?
PirateOpossum - 2/23/2012, 6:22 PM
SWEEEET!!! I AM GOING TO SEE IT AGAIN!!!!
RorMachine - 2/23/2012, 6:24 PM
You're a hater.
headlopper - 2/23/2012, 6:46 PM
@RorMachine- 5:09 pm post: Absolutely right.
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