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Why 'Star Wars' is a global phenomenon in just about every country — except China

Sarah Whitten

George Lucas' space opera is a cornerstone of the modern film industry and a cultural phenomenon around the globe. In the U.S., the 10 films in the "Star Wars" franchise have grossed more than $4.5 billion since the first one in 1977. Outside the U.S., it's garnered more than $4.6 billion, according to Comscore.