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May the 4th Be With You
Don't be the last Jedi. Lead the assault into celebrating the immortal science fiction film series on 4 May - Star Wars Day.
Photo courtesy Bribie Island library
About Star Wars The Star Wars saga, by George Lucas, burst onto our screens in 1977. Set "in a galaxy far, far away," it is a battle between good (freedom fighters) and evil (military dictatorship). Central to the stories is the Force, a mystical energy field created by all living things throughout the Galaxy.
It has created some of film and popular culture's most recognisable characters. Who hasn't heard of the evil Darth Vader, those likable robots C3PO, and R2D2, or Luke Skywalker? To say the film franchise has been successful doesn't even come close to the pop culture classic that these movies have become.
Just look at the stats. Here is how every Star Wars film performed in North America in their respective opening weekend, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
1977 - Star Wars: $1,554,475, or $6.59 million in 2016 dollars. 1980 - The Empire Strikes Back: $4,910,483 or $15.3 million in 2016 dollars. 1983 - Return of the Jedi: $23,019,618 or $59.3 million in 2016 dollars. 1999: The Phantom Menace: $64,820,970 or $99.9 million in 2016 dollars.
2002 - Attack of the Clones: $80,027,814 or $114.22 million in 2016 dollars. 2005 - Revenge of the Sith: $108,435,841 or $142.56 million in 2016 dollars. 2015 - The Force Awakens: $247,966,675 or $268.62 million in 2016 dollars.
2016 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: $155,081,681.
• 2017 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi: $220,047,000.
• 2018 - Solo: A Star Wars Story: $84,420,489.
• 2019 - Rise Of Skywalker: $175,500,000.
The first Star Wars Day celebration took place in 2011, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. And now it is has spread across the globe. So, how do you intend to celebrate Star Wars Day? Well, the options are far and wide and much closer than a galaxy far, far away. In fact, you are limited only by your imagination.
Here are some ideas for you, your family and friends to make sure the force is with you this Star Wars Day.
1. Grab some popcorn, lounge back in your favourite chair and watch a Star Wars movie marathon.
2. Put on a stormtrooper mask or a black helmet and dress as your favourite character – Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, or Chewbacca, and Jabba the Hutt for the more adventurous. And for the ladies, Princess Leia's hair is always a winner.
3. Invite your friends over for a Star Wars themed party.
4. Battle it out and blast through the room with a lightsaber.
5. Are you the most knowledgable of all Star Wars fans. Test your knowledge with a fun trivia night. Host a Star Wars trivia competition