George Lucas has apologized for comparing Disney’s purchase of his “Star Wars” franchise to “white slavers” who took his children.

“I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize,” the filmmaker, 71, said in a statement Thursday, adding, “I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions . . . ”

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has reached just over $629 million at the North American box office, putting it ahead of “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($623.4 million) to become Walt Disney Studios’ highest-grossing film domestically.

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It is now No. 4 overall, though adjusted for inflation is No. 29 on the domestic box-office chart.