Star Wars: The Force Awakens, raked in an estimated US$120.5 million in its first full day in US and Canadian theatres, setting an industry record. It may very well be the best grossing movie ever, beating even the likes of Avatar and Titanic.
However, how does it stands against its own predecessor? We rank them here!
All time great 1st! – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
There was never any doubt this would be the best among the legends. Love story, check. Saving a hero, check. Epic confrontation, check. Stunning twist in story, check. Training to beat the big bad boss, check. The choreography and story plot was frankly, the best! Hail the king as The Empire Strikes Back!
Came in closely 2nd – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
It is never easy to continue what many called the most thrilling of the trilogy, a golden age of sorts (from episode IV – VI). However, I am mightily impressed with this latest production.
It slots seamlessly back into the Jedi world of light sabers and storm troopers. Kudos to J.J. Abrams. Not to mention that the graphics are definitely top-notch.
Plot of The Force Awakens does plenty to make you look forward to the next part of the Trilogy.
Still on the podium 3rd – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Given what the production industry can do at that time, A New Hope is just out of the world. Both in story and cinematic production. The one that started it all and built a cult of the Jedi. The one which every other sci-fi film is benchmarked against from then on.
Respectable 4th – Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
A grand conclusion to the trilogy. Return of the Jedi displayed a fabulous story arc which totally made the prequel trilogy of Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones as well as Revenge of the Sith, looked like a joke (Ok, maybe Revenge of the Sith is still fine). However, great as it is, it still falls short of the epic of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
Consolation 5th – Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
The light saber battle is one of the most epic! Revenge of the Sith is definitely the best, of its trilogy, at the very least. It showed how and why Anakin Skywalker finally went over to the dark path. It also manage to successfully bridge the first 2 trilogies nicely together.