Domestic box office: $460,998,007 Worldwide box office: $775,398,007 As soon as "Star Wars" thundered into theaters on May 25, 1977, it was clear the film was a force to be reckoned with. "On opening day ... in the afternoon I did a radio call-in show in Washington and this guy, this caller, was really enthusiastic and talking about the movie in really deep detail," Gary Kurtz, the producer of "Star Wars," said. "I said, 'You know a lot abut the film.' He said, 'Yeah, yeah, I've seen it four times already.' And that was opening day. I knew something was happening." The original trilogy was re-released in theaters in 1997 to commemorate the franchise's 20th anniversary. These "Special Edition" releases featured controversial digital alterations to the original series.