May 4th, or May the Fourth, is just another day in the calendar … or is it? To Star Wars fans around the world, May 4th is the unofficially official Star Wars Day—a day to celebrate all things Star Wars. Why May 4th? Well, May the Fourth sounds like “May the force,” which is the start of one of the most famous Star Wars lines, “May the force be with you.” Get it? Although May 4th may have come and gone, we at Xyza think it’s only appropriate to celebrate Star Wars for more than one day since the franchise has made such an impact on generations upon generations. To celebrate Star Wars, we’re sharing four fun facts about the franchise.
-According to LucasFilm, the phrase “May the fourth be with you” was first coined on May 4th, 1979, the day UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took office. An ad was placed in a newspaper by the conservative party that read, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
-The sounds that things make in movies make all the difference, but some sounds that are used might surprise even those with the sharpest of ears. Chewbacca’s voice, for example, is a combination of animal sounds. The sound of the TIE Fighter engine? It’s actually a combination of an elephant trumpeting and a car driving on wet pavement.
-When Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope first came out in theaters in 1977, it was just called Star Wars. It wasn’t until 1981 for its theatrical release that Roman numerals and a subtitle were added to the original film.
-When Episode VII: The Force Awakens came out in 2015, it quickly became the highest-grossing Star Wars movie of all time, with over $2 billion in worldwide box office sales. However, if you factor in inflation, the original Star Wars movie is still the highest-grossing film, with box office sales that would be a whopping $3.26 billion today.
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