The new 'Star Wars' movies have already made more than the $4 billion Disney paid for the franchise in 2012

Business Insider | 12/30/2017 | Jason Guerrasio
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With "The Last Jedi" making over $900 million worldwide at the box office, Disney-owned "Star Wars" movies have combined to earn over $4.06 billion.

That's how much Disney paid for Lucasfilm, the company that makes the "Star Wars" movies, in 2012.

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In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion and took full control of the "Star Wars" empire.

Five years later, the studio has made that amount back from just the ticket sales from the new "Star Wars" films.

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With the saga's lastest movie, "The Last Jedi," passing $900 million worldwide at the box office on Thursday, the Disney-owned releases of "Star Wars" ("The Force Awakens," "Rouge One," "The Last Jedi") have combined to surpass the $4.06 billion pricetag Disney spent on San Francisco-based company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Though this doesn't count the millions spent to make and market the movies, this figure also doesn't count the money Disney has already made from "Star Wars" merchandising and attractions at its theme parks (both of which are more lucrative than what the studio gets from ticket sales).

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