The original "Star Wars" were extremely successful, George Lucas' woke up rich and famous "because of that film. When it came time for the sequel, Lucas decided he did not want to depend on the film industry in Hollywood - he took a loan and invested in the creation of "Episode V». On the creation of the film "The Empire Strikes Back" took about $ 33 million.
All those millions back to Lucas for three months, and the box office for the film around the world amounted to $ 500 million. Due to this "Empire Strikes Back" was the most successful independent film in Hollywood history.