The Empire Strikes Back, 1980: $209, 398,025
The force was strong with this one. The sequel to the revolutionary smash hit “Star Wars” was everything that audiences could ask for, and even a little bit more than some expected. The continuation of the story was enough to get fans of the franchise to line up days early just to get tickets.
The movie reinforced Han Solo as a prime character in the series, and of course positioned Harrison Ford as a box office marvel just in time for the new Indiana Jones movies to come out. The introduction of Yoda as the Jedi master and the reinvention of Luke Skywalker from the wide-eyed farm boy to the rebel soldier in search of revenge made this movie a pivotal point in the storyline.
Yet this movie will not be remembered for all of the money it brought in. This movie will forever be regarded as the moment in time when the world found out that Darth Vader was actually Luke’s father. If that revelation was a spoiler, you really need to get out more.