Star Wars Day: The Force is strong with these ten records
For many a science fiction fan within this galaxy, May 4 marks Star Wars Day – an annual event which sees aficionados of the hugely successful movie series celebrate Star Wars culture all over the world.
In case you hadn’t guessed, the date relates to a pun on one of the space saga’s most quoted lines – “May the force be with you”.
To mark today's occasion, we’ve delved deep into the Sarlacc pit-like depths of our database to bring you ten of our favourite Star Wars-related Guinness World Records titles.
1. Highest box-office film gross by a science-fiction film series
As of 16 January 2017, the films in the Star Wars series had collectively – including re-issues and special editions – grossed a staggering $7,456,076,338 worldwide at the box office, according to figures from The Numbers. This figure includes the box-office gross for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latest instalment which was released in December 2016.
2. Highest-grossing live-action film with a female star
With a total worldwide box office gross of $1,050,789,328 (£844,652,000) as of 12 April 2017, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – in which Felicity Jones (UK) takes top billing as Jyn Erso – is the highest-grossing film ever to feature a woman as the top-billed star.
Felicity Jones Star Wars
On 14 Dec 2015, the Los Angeles premiere of The Force Awakens took place across a quarter-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard. The film screened in three venues – the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre and El Capitan – with a total capacity of 6,700 seats.
4. Most expensive figurines sold at auction
Most expensive Star Wars figurines
Jeremy Paul Allinson, 42, a RAF Officer from Benson, Oxford ran this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon dressed as a storm trooper in a record-breaking 4 hrs 59 min 12 sec. Before the race he said he hopes ‘The Force’ will overcome ‘The Burn’ on marathon day! Today he is competing in a 40 mile ultra-run finishing at the home of Star Wars - Pinewood Studios – all in honour of Star Wars Day.
London Marathon Storm Trooper
Star Wars (USA) is not the highest-grossing film franchise, but it is the most valuable, with a revenue of $41.98 bn (£28.92 bn), including toys and merchandise estimated at $17 bn (£11.7 bn).
7. Largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia
There are few people as passionate about Star Wars as Steve Sansweet (USA).
Largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia
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