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"I dunno, I can imagine quite a bit," says Han Solo to Luke Skywalker when speculating on how much of a reward he could receive for rescuing Princess Leia from the clutches of the Empire. But we doubt the dashing smuggler ever imagined that he'd one day be one of the stars of the be-all, end-all champion of Summer Movies.
At least where the Yahoo! Movies Summer Movie Showdown is concerned, as "Star Wars" light-sabered "The Dark Knight" in the final round, proving that the saga of a young farm boy who becomes an intergalactic hero is perhaps a bit closer to the hearts of audiences than the tale of a billionaire playboy who moonlights as a masked vigilante.
It was something of a close battle, though, as "Star Wars" beat "The Dark Knight with 61% of the votes -- nothing to scoff at but not exactly a landslide victory, either. Ultimately, though, she had it where it counts, kid.
The Summer Movie Showdown commenced a few weeks ago with 32 of the biggest and most beloved summer movies of all time engaging in Mortal Kombat, their fates decided by Yahoo! readers who voted for their favorite pieces of popcorn entertainment. The candidates were eliminated through several rounds until it finally got down to the face/off that we all knew was coming: Luke Skywalker vs. Batman. Over 800,000 total votes were cast throughout the entire Showdown.
Set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the film now known as "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" hit theaters on May 25, 1977 and became arguably the most popular movie of all time, spawning a worldwide multi-billion-dollar franchise of feature films, television series, video games, conventions, and more merchandise than you can imagine ... even if you can imagine quite a bit. Written and directed by a 33-year-old kid named George Lucas, "A New Hope" had a production budget of just $11 million and itself went on to score a worldwide box office gross of over $775 million, with theatrical re-releases in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and most notably in 1997 as a somewhat notorious Special Edition.
The big-screen "Star Wars" saga will continue under the direction of J.J. Abrams with "Episode VII" tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release.
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