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How Much Does it Cost to Build a Death Star? That and 9 Other Star Wars Money Facts

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You think building a house is expensive?

Well, you probably shouldn't look into the cost of building the Death Star then. According to Gizmodo, the most basic Death Star—the giant floating space station from the original Star Wars—would cost $15.6 septillion to build.

To be exact, that’s $15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226.94.

And remember, that's just the stripped-down model! The fully loaded Death Star, complete with mega lasers, anti-rebel computer systems, and a racquetball court for Darth Vader, would cost a whole lot more.

The only thing more expensive than living in the Star Wars universe is building it. And with the new release The Force Awakens, it's the perfect opportunity to look back at some of the most eye-opening Star Wars money facts over the years.

$6 billion

That's the total gross amount of worldwide dollars Star Wars movies have made since the first movie's release in 1977. Adjusted for inflation, the total amount is more than $11 billion!

$4 billion

Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars universe for $4 billion in 2012. Thanks to Mickey Mouse and friends, we'll all get treated to another round of Star Wars movies, a new theme park expansion at Disney World and Disneyland, and many other offshoot films based in the universe.

$11 million

That's how much Episode IV (A New Hope) cost to make in 1977. The film made $215 million in the United States and $337 million overseas. The Empire Strikes Back continued to build on that box office dominance a few years later, making more than $500 million worldwide.

$200 million

According to Disney Examiner, The Force Awakens cost in the neighborhood of $200 million to make. The price includes film licenses, sets, costumes, casting, production, music, marketing, and many other factors.

$2 billion

One analyst from Morgan Stanley estimates the new Star Wars film will make $2 billion globally, including $650 million here in the United States. Presales alone have already made more than $50 million! The force is strong with this one.


George Lucas' original contract with Fox was for $150,000. Lucas, though, knew he was onto something and requested total control and 40% of the merchandising. That worked out swimmingly for Lucas. But Fox? Not so much.

$150,000 (part two)

Liam Neeson is tall. So much so that production staff had to rebuild all the door frames on the set of Episode I: The Phantom Menace for a mere $150,000. Neeson is 6'4", and though his Qui-Gon Jinn character was a Jedi, even Jedis can't avoid banging their heads on door frames.


That's the amount the original action figures sold for in stores in 1977. However, there was a problem. The film's merchandise wasn't ready for the Christmas rush, so Lucas sold branded, empty boxes in stores with a promise to deliver the figures when they were ready two months later. That's how the marketing empire began.

Master Yoda once told a young Luke Skywalker, "Do. Or do not. There is no try." When it comes to spending and making money, the Star Wars brand isn't just trying. They are doing . . . and doing right!

That is, unless Darth Vader took out a home equity loan on that $15.6 septillion Death Star. You know we'd have to call him out on that.

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