Upon its release in May 1977, “Star Wars” opened in just 42 theaters. The film quickly broke box office records, was ordered to a greater number of theaters, and began to make history as the biggest franchise in cinema history.
Film critics point to a number of reasons behind the film’s success. The film that would eventually be called “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” portrayed a hero’s journey on an epic, intergalactic scale, employed cutting-edge special and visual effects that still hold up today, and had one of the most recognizable film scores of all time. But perhaps the most important element in the film’s enduring quality was its characters.
The Star Wars franchise contains some of the most beloved characters in cinema history. And in a film series as rich in detail as Star Wars, even many of the lesser-known, minor characters make a strong impression on the audience.
To determine the most and least popular Star Wars characters, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on each character’s screen time, dialogue, internet popularity, and other factors.