Undeniable Fact About ROTS #18: It Was The Top Domestic Grossing Film Of 2005

In North America, ROTS reigned at the box office in 2005 with over $380 million in ticket sales. At one point it was like the fourth or fifth highest grossing domestic film of all time and nearly 10 years later, it’s #38 and the third highest grossing Star Wars film after ANH and TPM (it’s the second highest grossing Star Wars film worldwide after TPM).

This was in spite of widespread piracy and a still limited number of digital screens (though they were much more common in 2005 than they were in 2002 with AOTC).


10 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About ROTS #18: It Was The Top Domestic Grossing Film Of 2005”

  1. Eduardo Jencarelli Says:

    Speaking of numbers, this is news-worthy. Star Wars Rebels had far less viewers than Clone Wars.


    • lazypadawan Says:

      I was totally confused by those numbers. Is that 6.5 million worldwide then?

      • Eduardo Jencarelli Says:

        I believe so. Only 2.7 million american viewers.

      • madmediaman Says:

        This New York Times article does a good job breaking down the numbers:


        These numbers are very soft, especially in comparison to the sheer amount of promotion of the show. Disney leveraged the might of it’s Empire and turned in fairly tepid numbers. By comparison The Clone Wars was released under much less fanfare.

        And these numbers will only drop further next week when the show begins airing on Disney XD. XD is available in far fewer homes than Disney channel.

        I’m sure the suits are happyish, but they probably have to be scratching their heads wondering where the windfall of viewers is.

      • lazypadawan Says:

        The Ex Dee made a smiley face emoticon.

        It’s possible putting the show’s premiere on devices first might have taken away a little of the t.v. viewing audience but I have no idea how many people decided to watch on the Disney Ex Dee app or on iTunes. I don’t know if it was you or someone else, but I’ve heard that there were fans who didn’t know it was on last Friday night.

        But the challenge “Rebels” was always going to have, aside from being the show that Clone Wars was sacrificed to bring to the air, is that it is not directly based on the movies. Clone Wars came on just three years after ROTS and it starred Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, Padme, Dooku, Grievous, and the rest of our prequel trilogy friends, so it was a natural get not only for diehards like us but also for kids who were familiar with those movies. “Oooh, more Anakin! More Obi-Wan! More clones!” Had “Rebels” been a cartoon about Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, the droids, and Darth Vader it might have gained some more eyeballs (even if that territory’s been done to death). These are all original characters though from what I understand, various movie characters will be doing drive-by cameos and appearances. Maybe “Rebels” will gain ground slowly through word of mouth, especially if the stories, character development, and animation get bigger and better over time.

      • madmediaman Says:

        The numbers off devices wasn’t big enough to really impact the numbers; it was like 75,000. And you have to expect a percentage of those people ALSO watched the premiere. I’m going to guess the numbers drop to about 1.3 million on DisneyXD (see what I did there).

        I think you kind of hit the nail on the head with your analysis, But I do think there may be something larger at play here… kids today grew up on the Prequels and Clone Wars, I’m just not sure how much appeal there is for an OT-centric show. But that’s just my opinion.

        I recently took a stroll through Target and my local Disney Store and I was shocked just how much Star Wars stuff was NOT flying off the shelves. There were a ton of cool toys that I would have loved to have back in 77, but kids just didn’t seem that interested in them.

      • PrinceOfNaboo Says:

        I do think the way TCW ended also played a part.

        There was no logical reason for Disney to cancel TCW like this, without a proper ending, just as means of demonstrating power. If they had given it just one more full season in order to end the series in a nice and concluding way, it would have been something else.

        The way it is, Disney cancelled a show devoid of any economic need and without taking into account artistic considerations (proper ending) and dedicated viewers (who watched the show for years and deserved a better ending).

        Why would anyone watch another show from such a company that apparently doesn’t care for art and fans?

  2. Hunk a Junk Says:

    I had several friends — Star Wars fans who were looking forward to the show — who had no idea it was on last Friday. When I called them up to ask what they thought, they all said, “Wait, it was on???”

  3. Hunk a Junk Says:

    BTW, the next episode, “Droids in Distress,” is available for free download on iTunes right now. Prequel fans will be happy to know a PT era character appears in the episode. So, yes, haters — the prequels exist, continue to exist and will exist as official canon. So suck it.

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