Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was released on May 19, 1999 in North America, exactly 20 years ago.
On its original release, the movie grossed $431.1 million in North America and $493.2 million in other territories, resulting in a worldwide total of $924.3 million. It was the most successful movie of the year domestically and worldwide.
Using only reviews from the original release, The Phantom Menace would hold a 62% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
At the time of the release (4 months later in France), I was a young boy who had never watched Star Wars and who didn’t care about it. I only discovered The Phantom Menace shortly before the release of Attack of The Clones, in 2002. It was my first Star Wars experience. I thought it was great. And I still think that now.