Today is the 35th anniversary of a little known George Lucas film â€œStar Wars: A New Hopeâ€ that first released in theaters.
The movie grossed over $307 million domestically in 1977 and began the Star Wars mania that lasts from generation to generation.
â€œStar Warsâ€ was re-released in 1982 to earn another $15 million and then re-released in a special edition for $138 million.
The total gross for â€œStar Warsâ€ is now over $460 million making it as the sixth all-time on the domestic box office gross.
The success of â€œStars Warsâ€ spawned two more sequels, and three more prequel movies. It even launched toy lines, book series, cartoon shows and an upcoming live-action television show that we are eagerly waiting.
My first memory of â€œStar Warsâ€ cannot be the theater experience since I was two years old at the time. But, for some unknown reason, my childhood memory of â€œStar Warsâ€ was the scene with Darth Vader walking into hallway of the Alderaan Cruiser. Vaderâ€™s heavy breathing and tall imposing dark armored figure created an everlasting memory in my childhood.
And I definitely became a Star Wars fan.
I lost count on how much money I contributed to George Lucasâ€™ billion dollar empire. I bought every toy, book, video game and every released movie edition on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray (okay, maybe not every toy, book and video game).
And the pinnacle of my Star Wars experience was to work as a line supervisor for Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles in 2007. I got to meet several Star Wars celebrities and even meeting director J.J. Abrams for the first time as he was simply a fan attendee at that convention. And at that convention, I realized countless fans are more fanatical than I am.
As I grow older, my priorities have changed. I donâ€™t follow every cartoon episode, novel and purchase every toy. And yes, I missed watching â€œStar Wars: Episode I â€“ The Phantom Menaceâ€ re-release in 3D this year. Maybe I should be ashamed of myself.
But, Star Wars has a very important place in my memory and my life. So Iâ€™m asking you to let us know on your favorite and earliest Star Wars memory. Sound off below.
Happy Birthday, Star Wars!