Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened last weekend and smashed all box office records. This episode, #7 in the franchise, will likely make USD 1-2bn in the cinemas alone. When Disney bought Star Wars for USD 4bn in 2012, everyone thought they were stupid. Why pay so much to George Lucas who did a crap job trying to do the prequels (Episode #1-3)? Also how can a 30 year old slapstick sci-fi saga be worth so much?

Now, Disney is having the last laugh. Episode #7 alone might rack in enough profits to cover the USD 4bn cost and there’s five more in the pipeline. Yes, there will be Episode #8, #9 and all the way to Episode #12. Why stop if die-hard fans will keep coming back for more? Based on my very crude Google search estimate, there could be close to a million Star Wars fan globally, counting …