Box-office numbers: The Force is strong with 'Star Wars' and has been for 38 years

December 17, 2015 4:25 AM

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A new "Star Wars" trilogy is destined for theaters after Disney announced Oct. 30, 2012, that it was buying Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. The first six films in the "Star Wars" franchise have raked in more than $4.3 billion worldwide.

As soon as "Star Wars" thundered into theaters on May 25, 1977, it was clear the film was a force to be reckoned with.

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