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Released in 1977, Star wars still remains a major hit with fans of all ages.

Today in 1977, George Lucas’ blockbuster hit Star Wars is released and gains great success at the box office.  The original Star Wars is regarded as one of the best by fans, earning $461 million in ticket sales as well as seven Oscars to prove that point.  With what was considered groundbreaking special effects at the time, Star Wars took its fans on a journey time and time again. The film’s fan base grew rapidly, making starts Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison ford overnight heroes.

Star Wars would not stop however, as two sequels followed: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983).  Both had strong success in the box office, and featured most of the original cast leading to be considered some of the best sequels in history. Star Wars  became a pop culture icon, releasing three more prequel story films as well a several TV shows.