With the popularity of everything Star Wars, it's no surprise that Disney is now profiting on everything Star Wars related since they acquired the franchise for $4.05 billion back in 2012.Combined, Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi have grossed over $4.05 billion in the worldwide box office, the cost of the acquisition of George Lucas' Star Wars franchise back in 2012.
Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi has already raked in almost $1 billion since its release in theaters just a few weeks ago. J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens grossed over $2 billion worldwide for its box office release back in December 2015. Gareth Edwards' Rogue One brought in just over $1 billion in its December 2016 release.
Although box office sales alone have surpassed the acquisition cost, you can't forget about DVD and digital sales, streaming contracts, games, and, most important to the galaxy far, far away, merchandise sales which alone gross billions of dollars.
The future of Star Wars is looking bright for Disney, Lucasfilm, and its beloved fans. There are three more films yet to come including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Episode IX, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi anthology film. Afterwards, Rian Johnson will have the green light to begin production of his original concept trilogy following.
The Lucasfilm purchase followed Disney's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment back in 2009 and its 2006 purchase of Pixar. The compilation of companies, also including the studio's live-action division and Disney Animation has propelled Disney to become the most successful film studio in Hollywood.
However, the biggest is yet to come with the acquisition of 21st Century Fox for a total cost of $52.4 billion, including 20th Century Fox film and television studios.
What do you think of all the action by Disney? Do you feel like they're rushing out too many projects and too many Star Wars films at once and killing the franchise or do you think they should keep them coming? Let us know what you think in the comments below!