10 Obscure Star Wars Facts

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 05: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg attend the Dedication of The Sumner M. Redstone Production Building at USC on February 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

3. Steven Spielberg makes 2.5% of the profits from Star Wars

Back in 1977, before  Star Wars was released and became the mega blockbuster we  all know today, there was a lot of doubt going around if it would even be successful in the first place. Hollywood was skeptical, some of the actors were worried, and even George Lucas had doubts.

But you know didn’t have any doubts at all?

Steven Spielberg.

Who happened to be filming a science fiction movie of his own at the time, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

While filming Close Encounters, Lucas came to visit his friend Steven Spielberg for a couple days while feeling down. Afraid Star Wars was just a glorified kids movie, Lucas felt humbled by what he saw on the set of Close Encounters and offered Spielberg a deal to show just how highly he thought of Steven’s movie while also insuring any failure of his own. He offered 2.5% of Star Wars’s profits verses 2.5% of the profits from Encounters, positive he would walk away with the better end of the deal. Spielberg happily agreed to those terms on the spot.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind made $303 million at the box office.

Star Wars has made $1.48 billion.

What’s 2.5% of $1.48 billion? Close to $40 million which is what Spielberg has taken in from his amazing bet with George Lucas.

No wonder Spielberg is such a big Star Wars fan.

Did you know? In 2012 Disney bought Lucasfilm and the rights to all things Star Wars. The cost? 4 billion dollars.

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  • James

    Here is another fun fact: the exhaust port WAS shielded. xD They had ray shields, which stopped laser cannon fire. That’s why they had to use proton torpedoes, which were much harder to use.

    • I didn’t know that! That’s a good one and a valid #11 fact! 😉 Thanks!