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September 6, 2017 By Jon Somers
… Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace.
Yes, I know, we all allegedly hate The Phantom Menace. It destroyed our childhood, wrecked Star Wars, etc., etc. But it also made an unholy amount of money in the summer of 1999. It earned $924m worldwide achieving this on a $115m budget.
In 1999 audiences went out in the masses to see The Phantom Menace in theatres. More importantly, at least to the conventional wisdom that folks hated the movie as much as the hardcore fan base did, that movie didn’t just snag a huge total box office sum 18.5 years ago. It played all summer long, becoming one of the leggiest blockbusters of the modern era.
Despite its reputation as a franchise-killer, it was relatively well-liked by the general audiences (kids and otherwise) who just wanted a fun Star Wars movie. You can get a $105 million five-day debut from hype and anticipation. But you don’t get $431m total from a $64m Fri-Sun opening weekend without folks being at least somewhat satisfied, going back multiple times and/or recommending it to their friends.
Having quotes the figures, The Phantom Menace is still the film we love to hate and history has not been kind to prequels. One thing The Phantom Menace does have in its favour is that it doesn’t have Hayden Christensen saying “I don’t like sand” in what will be the worst line of all the Star Wars films.