Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, has released a list of “Star Wars” accomplishments worthy of a record.
Largest fortune made from a film franchise: Rather than taking a director's fee for Star Wars, George Lucas got the rights to all sequels and future merchandise. In 2011, Forbes assigned him a net worth of $3.2 billion.
Highest-grossing space-opera movie: “Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace” grossed more than $1 billion.
Largest collection of memorabilia: Steve Sansweet has amassed an estimated 300,000 unique items at Rancho Obi-Wan in northern California.. As of May 2013, only 90,546 items have been accurately audited and catalogued - a number sufficient enough, however, to beat the previous Guinness World Records figure by a factor of four. Sansweet estimates that the cataloguing process will take years to complete, as his collection continues to grow.
Largest simultaneous premiere - territories: “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sit” was released simultaneously in 115 territories by 20th Century Fox on May 19, 2005.
Biggest opening weekend ever for a re-released film: Shown in cinemas in 1997 as the first of Lucasfilm's 20th anniversary Special Editions of the original “Star Wars trilogy, Episode IV: A New Hope” grossed $35,906,661 in US cinemas IN 1997.
Most Oscars won for visual effects: Dennis Muren won the Academy Award for Visual Effects a total of six times between 1983 and 1994. He has also received two Special Achievement Awards, in 1981 for “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back” and in 1984 for “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.” He also received the Technical Achievement Award in 1982. In addition, Muren holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for visual effects. He has been nominated on 13 occasions.
Best-selling single of instrumental music: A 1977 disco arrangement of John Williams's music to “Star Wars” - titled “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” - by record producer Meco, aka Domenico Monardo, remains the only instrumental single to have reached platinum status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold more than 2 million units.
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