Star Wars It may be one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, but it's not the most lucrative. For those of you who slept in Introduction to Macro in college, earnings equals earnings minus costs and your average Star Wars The film, being the technological wonder that it is, costs an obscene amount of money to put together.
Although this revelation is nothing new, it caught our attention through a recent study by Forbes. Initially established in the comparison of the profitability of the Fast and Furious franchise from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the publication finally decided to go the extra mile and just compile all of cinema's biggest treasure chests into a single, concise list.
On that list, Star Wars it is in fifth place. Despite being a cultural phenomenon of galactic proportions, the series was crowned by other equally titanic titles, including DreamWorks & # 39; Shrek, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg Indiana Jonesand recently revitalized Universal Jurassic Park saga.
None of these, however, claimed the number one spot. And, with a rate of return of 12.63, which, for reference, is a solid four points higher than Jurassic Park, which is in second place: the award for the most profitable film franchise of all time goes to …My favorite villain. So is. Apparently, Steve Carell's animated adventure reached the top of the mountain when its third iteration grossed more than $ 1 billion at the box office nearly three years ago, and none of us realized it.
In hindsight, though, the achievement shouldn't come as a big surprise. Illumination, the animation studio that produced all of the franchise's films so far, including its 2013 spin-off. Minions, is widely known for his relentless prioritization of financial gain over creative integrity. In fact, CEO Chris Meledandri was unable to defeat established competition because he settled for only the best, but because he operated on unfathomably low budgets compared to industry standards.
But while Star Wars it may not have our wallets at the end, it sure has our hearts, and it may My favorite villain to say the same?