After United Arists, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Productions rejected George Lucas’s script, 20th Century Fox agreed to take it on. Still studio executives at Fox did not have much faith in Lucas’ “Star Wars” film. They released the trailer for the original film 6 months prior to its release date (mostly unheard of in those days) and had to twist the arms of theater owners to show the film. Even then only 32 theaters showed “Star Wars” opening night. Still it managed to break box office records and other theaters swiftly added it to their marquee.
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.