<i>Star Wars: The Phantom Menace</i> Passes $1 Billion at Box Office

Thanks to the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, George Lucas' franchise now has its first $1 billion earner. The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the numbers, pointing out that the film needs to make $1.5 million more to overtake The Dark Knight and become the 10th highest-grossing film of all time, without taking inflation into account.

The film grossed nearly $65 million in its opening weekend in 1999, according to Box Office Mojo, a huge number compared to the $35.8 million the 3D re-release has grossed since Feb. 10. Those were heady days, back when the economy was booming and we didn't yet know what a Jar Jar was.

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