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Star Wars Episode IX Odds: Returning Jedi or Spent Force?

No matter the quality of the script, Star Wars remains Hollywood’s leading franchise at the box office. That looks set to continue when Episode IX of the main franchise premieres on 20th December 2019. 

Directed once again by JJ Abrams, the film has some way to go to beat Episode VII, The Force Awakens which claimed over $2bn at the box office worldwide.  

According to a report in movie magazine Empire, the story is set one year after the end of the Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. The official Star Wars UK Twitter account launched a teaser in February 2019: 

Fans clamouring for more information about the film are adamant this is the first hint of a teaser about the title. JJ Abrams added to the intensity with his tweet signalling the end of filming: 

The excitement is beginning to build with Betway offering 4/7 that Episode IX will beat The Last Jedi’s total of $296m in the first week of opening in the USA. On the flip side, Betway offers 5/4 on Episode IX not taking more than the Last Jedi at the US box office in the first week. 

Money Talks: Star Wars Gross Takings 

The sums of money Star Wars takes at the box office is staggering. This table shows only the worldwide gross box office of the theatrical releases. 

All values in $m 

Rank Title Worldwide Year 
 1  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  $2,068.20  2015 
 2  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  $1,332.50  2017 
 3  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  $1,056.10  2016 
 4  Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace  $983.60  1999 
 5  Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith  $848.80  2005 
 6  Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones  $640.90  2002 
 7  Star Wars  $621.70  1977 
 8  The Empire Strikes Back  $457.30  1980 
 9  Return of the Jedi  $418.40  1983 
 10  Solo: A Star Wars Story  $392.90  2018 
 15  Star Wars: The Clone Wars  $68.30  2008 

Figures courtesy of boxofficemojo.com 

But Can Episode IX Ever Be the Best? 

Arguments will rage but I maintain Star Wars peaked with the Empire Strikes Back. Can Episode IX beat that? Artistically, it will struggle but at the box office, it’s not going to be an issue if recent films are anything to go by.  

However, Betway offers 11/2 on Episode IX becoming the highest grossing film of all-time. It’s a tough ask as this table shows: 

All values in $m 

Rank Title Worldwide Year 
Avatar  $2,787.97  2009 
Titanic  $2,187.46  1997 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens  $2,068.22  2015 
Avengers: Infinity War  $2,048.36  2018 
Jurassic World  $1,671.71  2015 
The Avengers  $1,518.81  2012 
Furious 7  $1,516.05  2015 
Avengers: Age of Ultron  $1,405.40  2015 
Black Panther  $1,346.91  2018 
10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2  $1,341.51  2011 
11 Star Wars: The Last Jedi  $1,332.54  2017 
27 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest  $1,066.18  2006 
28 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  $1,056.06  2016 
33 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace  $1,027.04  1999 

Star Wars films account for only five of the top 50 highest grossing films of all-time. Even more frightening for those who take this bet on, is the list of top 10 highest grossing films with inflation-adjusted box office figures: 

All values in $m 

Rank Title Adjusted Gross Year 
Gone with the Wind  $3,703  1939 
Avatar  $3,251  2009 
Titanic  $3,078  1997 
Star Wars  $3,041  1977 
The Sound of Music  $2,547  1965 
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial  $2,487  1982 
The Ten Commandments  $2,354  1956 
Doctor Zhivago  $2,232  1965 
Jaws  $2,182  1975 
10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens  $2,144  2015 

Unless JJ Abrams pulls an absolute pearler of a script – a worldie as football fans say – the prospects of Betway paying out on this bet are remote at best. 

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