Say what you will about George Lucas, but the man knows how to make money. Pictured above is a breakdown of the production budget for Star Wars: A New Hope, and as you can see it cost Fox and Lucas just $11 million to make back in 1977. When adjusting for inflation, the total cost to make the now legendary film today would be just $40 million. A stark contrast to movies like Avatar which cost $280 million to produce.