'Star Trek' or 'Star Wars': Which is the greater franchise? | The Tylt
It's been more than 39 years, but the space battle between the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises continues. The highly-anticipated "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hit theaters on Friday, Dec. 16, and it's the latest installment in a franchise that has made an estimated $6.5 billion worldwide. Since "Star Trek: The Original Series" debuted in 1966—the franchise has produced an animated series, four more TV series and 13 motion pictures. Which franchise is greater? Read more and vote below.
'Star Trek' or 'Star Wars': Which is the greater franchise?
"Star Trek" and "Star Wars" have been going head-to-head for decades now. While "Star Trek" was a successful series in the '60s, "Star Wars" revitalized interests in space fantasy/science fiction in 1977. "Star Trek" made its grand return as a motion picture in 1979 to compete with "Star Wars."
Both franchises have produced successful films, TV series, animated series and merchandise since then. And let's not fail to mention how loyal both fanbases are. But which franchise is better and greater than the other?
Trekkies have been loyal to the "Star Trek" franchise for 50 years now. That's half of a century! And that's a decade before "Star Wars" came to exist (cough cough... copy cat alert). The franchise was rebooted in 2009 and has since released two successful sequels. Now its returning to TV too. "Star Trek Discovery" will feature its first Black female lead in 2017. "The Walking Dead" actress Sonequa Martin-Green will star. "Star Trek" has stood the test of time, and if the last 50 years is any indication, it will “live long and prosper.” 🖖
Let's be real. The "Star Wars" franchise has topped the "Star Trek" franchise. "Star Wars" may have produced less work, but the franchise has brought in much more in the box office, and that's without nostalgic TV series backing it up. The franchise has made $6.5 billion worldwide, and the latest installment, "Rogue One" will crush it in the box office. "Star Trek" has only made $2.2 billion worldwide. So, ask yourself—doesn't a lightsaber triumph over the vulcan salute?