Few people know that the famous director Steven Spielberg made a fortune after much of the film "Star Wars", though he did not participate in the creation of the first series. Blame the bet he made with George Lucas, according to which Steven was 2, 5% of all profits from the rental and use of the "Star Wars." This bet George Lucas signed with the director, as the thought that his film will be a huge success. As today it looks funny.
In the mid-1970s, science fiction movies were not very popular.
One of the best paintings of this genre at the time was "2001: A Space Odyssey" in 1968, however, and she earned while in the box just 56 million. Dollars. So when a young filmmaker named George Lucas was trying to sell a script called "Star Wars" based on the comic space. Not many studios were willing to agree to shoot his film.
However, the difficulties did not stop Lucas. Brooked no trouble finding sponsors Lucas visited his friend Steven Spielberg in Alabama.
At this time, Steven Spielberg was on the wave of success and just made a film in 1977 "Close Encounters of the Third Kind».
Lucas at the time was out of sorts and spent a couple of days on the set.
After a few days spent filming Lucas realized that Spielberg's film "Close Encounters" will be much more successful than his "Star Wars».
Spielberg later said in an interview, "Lucas said - Oh, my God, your movie will be much more successful than my" Star Wars "! This will be the biggest hit of all time. I have a bet to you! Let's exchange the glasses! I'll give you 2, 5% of the profits of "Star Wars," if you give me 2, 5% from the rental of your film "Close Encounters." Steven Spielberg thought about it and agreed to a risky bet.
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" actually becomes a hit, earning 303 million. Dollars at the box office. However, the film "Star Wars" will be one of the biggest box office hits of all time.
According to Spielberg, Lucas sent him money from rates and to this day. Gamble in Spielberg bet paid off.
Released May 25, 1977, with a budget of 11 million. Dollars, the film "Star Wars", later renamed "Star Wars. Episode IV: A New Hope "- will earn 775 million US dollars. Adjusted for inflation, the film makers brought 1, 48 billion. Dollars, making it the second biggest box office hits of all time.
According to preliminary calculations, so Steven Spielberg earned almost $ 40 million, although he thus did not participate in making the film.