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Star Wars The Force Awakens box office, compared to the earlier films

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a lot of money at the box office this weekend, surprising no one. The seventh installment in the Star Wars saga raked in a record-breaking $238 million, making it the biggest domestic opening of all time. That’s also more than The Empire Strikes Back made during its entire original theatrical run.

But although The Force Awakens has been breaking box office records faster than the Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel Run, it’s not the only Star Wars movie to make box office history. The original 1977 Star Wars dethroned Jaws to become the highest-grossing film in history, before it was surpassed by E.T.  And adjusted for inflation, it’s still the second-highest grossing film of all time, just behind Gone With The Wind.

Using numbers from Box Office Mojo, we broke out domestic box office data for all seven Star Wars movies to see how The Force Awakens shapes up. (We excluded re-releases and special editions.)

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Star Wars (1977)

STAR WARS, (aka STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE), Chewbacca, Harrison Ford, 1977

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Release date: Wednesday, May 25, 1977

Opening weekend: $1.6 million

Opening weekend theater count: 43

Domestic total: $307.3 million

Domestic total, adjusted for inflation: $1.2 billion

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Release date: Wednesday, May 21, 1980

Opening weekend: $4.9 million

Opening weekend theater count: 126

Domestic total: $209.4 million

Domestic total, adjusted for inflation: $657.7 million

Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Release date: Wednesday, May 25, 1983

Opening weekend: $23 million

Opening weekend theater count: 1,002

Domestic total: $252.6 million

Domestic total, adjusted for inflation: $675.4 million

The Phantom Menace (1999)

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Release date: Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Opening weekend: $64.8 million

Opening weekend theater count: 2,970

Domestic total: $431.1 million

Domestic total, adjusted for inflation: $707.4 million

Attack of the Clones (2002)

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Release date: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Opening weekend: $80 million

Opening weekend theater count: 3,161

Domestic total: $302.2 million

Domestic total, adjusted for inflation: $433.8 million

Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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Release date: Thursday, May 19, 2005

Opening weekend: $108.4 million

Opening weekend theater count: 3,661

Domestic total: $380.3 million

Domestic total, adjusted for inflation: $494.8 million

The Force Awakens (2015)

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Release date: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

Opening weekend: $238 million

Opening weekend theater count: 4,134