George Lucas’ Star Wars steals the show from Close Encounters: Lucas creates a modern times mythology and a loyal fan base spanning the generations.
In advance of the premiere, Lucas believes to have created a box office disappointment. So he proposes Spielberg a deal: In exchange for 2.5% of the revenues from Close Encounters Lucas will give him the same points from Star Wars. Spielberg’s film is beaten by Star Wars at the box office, but Spielberg earns more than $ 40 million in subsequent years.
23-year-old James Cameron quits his job as a truck driver and decides to enter the film business after watching Star Wars. 10-year-old Wes Anderson (vainly) tries to stage a theatrical adaptation of Star Wars at his school.