The Return of the Jedi: 40th Anniversary Re-issue Bags Another Impressive Haul at the Box Office

The re-issue of Return of the Jedi bags another impressive $4.6 million at the box office during its short return to the big screen 

It may be forty years old but Return of the Jedi has still got it where it counts, kid! George Lucas’ epic finale to the Original Trilogy returned to the big screen for a limited time to celebrate its 4oth Anniversary and bagged an impressive $4.6 million at the box office. The haul was enough to send the movie into the No #5 slot for the week beating out much of the modern fare currently packing out auditoriums across the US.

“Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” — yes, the one from 1983 — took the No. 5 spot with roughly $4.7 million from a mere 475 theaters. Disney brought the film back to theaters to commemorate its 40th anniversary and proved the fandom remains strong. After several re-releases, “Return of the Jedi” has grossed $311 million in North America and $475 million worldwide. Reports Variety


Jedi’s return to the big screen was a monumental affair. One that finally offered seasoned fans the chance to share the movie with their children for the first time. And thankfully, many of the big cinema chains offered the ultimate viewing experience. I enjoyed the movie at Cineworld in London’s Leicester Square in the comfortable setting of Super Screen. And the movie was all the more enjoyable for it.

However, some fans can be forgiven that the turnout was less than expected. Especially with the Super Mario Bros. Movie dominating the box office just now. But this added haul in revenue has topped Return of the Jedi up to $885,749,351 in adjusted dollars. Meaning that Episode 6 is nothing short of a saga juggernaut and is only beaten by The Empire Strikes Back with $944,208,296, The Force Awakens with $1,198,927,648, and the gargantuan haul of A New Hope with $1,849,905,133.

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Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (Image courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Congratulations to George Lucas and Lucasfilm for this latest milestone. Let’s all hope for many more to come.

Did you venture to the theater to watch Return of the Jedi this past weekend? Sound off in the comments section.

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