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Some 16 years after the original trilogy wrapped up, "The Phantom Menace" hit theaters, beginning a new prequel trilogy and introducing new characters into the Star Wars universe, including Darth Maul (above right) and the much-maligned Jar Jar Binks. Despite the criticism, "Phantom Menace" struck box-office gold
, the only "Star Wars" film to break the billion-dollar box-office
barrier. The film's theatrical release also marked the first time a fully digital movie was shown to the public.
The film was re-released in 3-D in 2012.