Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Re-Release Earns over $8 Million in Its Opening Weekend, Beating Newcomers Challengers and Tarot

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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is back in theaters as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, and it’s doing better than expected, according to charts that show how the prequel film from George Lucas managed to earn over $8 million this weekend in the domestic market, beating out more recent features that include Challengers (April 26) and Tarot (May 3), a new movie that follows a group of friends that “unknowingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within…cursed cards.” Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt’s The Fall Guy is on top with $28.5 million, but the film is said to be underperforming, with Universal having spent “$220M-$230M between production and marketing costs.”

Domestic box office rankings for May 3-5, 2024 include:

  • The Fall Guy ($28,500,000)
  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ($8,080,000)
  • Challengers ($7,642,617)
  • Tarot ($6,500,000)
  • Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire ($4,500,000)

A fan-made AI 1950s Panavision-inspired trailer for The Phantom Menace:

A breakdown of The Phantom Menace’s performance:

Star Wars The Phantom Menace (20th) 2,700 theaters, Fri $2.4M, Sat $4.6M Sun $1M 3-day $8.1M, Total lifetime $482.6M/Wk 1 re-release Saturday May the 4th pushed this re-release’s gross higher. In addition, there were $300K in the mix from marathon screenings. A four minute special of Disney+’s The Acolyte was attached to the movie. All in, a $14.5M global weekend.


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Tsing Mui
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