In 1977 Steven Spielberg and George Lucas each had major films being released (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Star Wars” respectively). While arguing over which film would do better at the box office they made a bet where they would share 2.5% of the profits in each other’s films. Close Encounters did a respectable $303 million, but Star Wars made $775 million in the first year alone. It’s estimated Spielberg has made over $40 million from that bet so far and the money keeps rolling in.
In the 100 days of Star Wars trivia series, we share 100 unique facts about the Star Wars franchise as we count down the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.