On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opened with a slow crawl but ended with one gigantic Death Star rattling explosion. George Lucas’ space adventure Star Wars hit theaters a week after Time magazine called Jaws “the best film of the summer” – boy were they wrong.
As fans of the greatest movie franchise of all-time, owning an original Star Wars movie poster would be epic. It is the most well known, collected, reprinted, and bootlegged movie poster in cinematic history.
Groundbreaking in its use of special effects, George Lucas didn’t predict his adventure in a “galaxy far, far away” would gross much; saying, “This is a Disney movie. All Disney movies makes $16 million.”
In fact, Star Wars would go on to be one of the influential and successful movies all time. It was nominated for 10 Oscars, netting 7, and earned $461 million in domestic ticket sales.
Freelance illustrator Tom Jung designed the original Star Wars movie poster. He was simply given the theme of “good over evil,” and the rest is film advertising history.
If you are a true fan, an original Star Wars movie poster ($2,000) can still be found. May the force be with you!