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Lord of the Rings Showdown

Return of the King vs. Two Towers vs. Fellowship of the Ring vs. The Hobbit


Movie Summary
Return of the King

Two Towers

Fellowship of the Ring

The Hobbit

The Hobbit 2

The Hobbit 3
GenreFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasy
StudioNew LineNew LineNew LineWarner Bros. (New Line)Warner Bros. (New Line)Warner Bros. (New Line)
Release DateDecember 17, 2003December 18, 2002December 19, 2001December 14, 2012December 13, 2013December 17, 2014
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$303,003,568$258,366,855$255,119,788
Production Budget$94 million$94 million$93 millionn/an/an/a
Running Time3 hrs. 20 min.2 hrs. 59 min.2 hrs. 58 min.2 hrs. 46 min.2 hrs. 41 min.2 hrs. 24 min.
MPAA RatingPG-13PG-13PG-13PG-13PG-13PG-13
MPAA Reasonfor intense epic battle sequences and frightening imagesepic battle sequences and scary imagesepic battle sequences and some scary imagesextended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
 

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Domestic SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Total Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$303,003,568$258,366,855$255,119,788
Opening Weekend*$72,629,713$62,007,528$47,211,490$84,617,303$73,645,197$54,724,334
Theaters3,7033,6223,3594,0453,9033,875
Average$19,613$17,119$14,055$20,919$18,869$14,122
Opening % of Total19.3%18.2%15.1%27.9%28.5%21.5%
Second Weekend Drop-30.3%-21.2%-18.0%-56.4%-57.2%-25.2%
Widest Release3,7033,6223,3814,1003,9283,875
Close DateJune 3, 2004August 24, 2003n/aApril 25, 2013April 17, 2014April 2, 2015
In Release170 days / 24 weeks250 days / 36 weeks243 days / 35 weeks133 days / 19 weeks126 days / 18 weeks107 days / 15 weeks
*Note: If a movie opened in limited release and later went wide, data from the first wide weekend of release is used.
 
Worldwide SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Worldwide Gross$1,119,110,941$923,285,627$869,349,688$1,021,103,568$958,366,855$956,019,788
Foreign Gross$742,083,616$583,495,746$555,985,574$718,100,000$700,000,000$700,900,000
Foreign % of Worldwide66.3%63.2%64.0%70.3%73.0%73.3%
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$303,003,568$258,366,855$255,119,788
Domestic % of Worldwide33.7%36.8%36.0%29.7%27.0%26.7%
 
People SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Actor: Andy Serkis#2#3n/a#4--
Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch----#1#2
Actor: Cate Blanchett#1n/a#3#4n/a#5
Actor: Christopher Lee--#2n/a-#4
Actor: Elijah Wood#1#2#3n/a--
Actor: Evangeline Lilly----#1#2
Actor: Hugo Weaving--#1#2-#4
Actor: Ian Holm#1-#2n/a--
Actor: Ian McKellen#1#2#3#4#5#6
Actor: Karl Urban#1#2----
Actor: Liv Tyler#1#2#3---
Actor: Orlando Bloom#2#3#4-#7#8
Actor: Sean Beann/a-#1---
Actor: Viggo Mortensen#1#2#3---
Cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie#1#2#3#4#5#7
Composer: Howard Shore#1#2#3#4#6#7
Director: Peter Jackson#1#2#3#4#5#6
Producer: Fran Walsh#1#2#3#4#5#6
Producer: Peter Jackson#1#2#3#4#5#6
Writer: Fran Walsh-#1#2#4#5#6
Writer: Guillermo del Toro---#1#2#3
Writer: Peter Jackson---#1#2#3
Writer: Philippa Boyens#1#2#3#4#5#6
 
Genres & FranchisesReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Franchise: Middle Earth#1#2#3#4#5#6
Franchise: The Hobbit---#1#2#3
Franchise: The Lord of the Rings#1#2#3---
Genre: 3D---#16#23#25
Genre: Dragon - Supporting Role---#4-#7
Genre: Fantasy - Live Action#2#3#6#7#14#15
Genre: IMAX (Feature-length)---#24#37#40
Genre: Prequel---#5#7#9
Genre: Sword and Sorcery#1#2#3---
Showdown: Lord of the Rings Showdown#1#2#3#4#5#6
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter-#1#3---
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. Spider-Man#2#3----
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars#2#3----
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. The Matrix#1#2----
 
Chart RankingsReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
All Time Domestic#26#34#46#54#84#89
All Time Adjusted#55#65#80#190--
All Time Worldwide#13#35#43#23#30#31
Worldwide Openings#23#46-#31#37-
Foreign Opening Weekends#32#46-#28#29-
Non-Friday Opening Weekends#14#22#38--#26
Opening Weeks#50#60#109#56#91#101
Opening Day Gross#52#84#170#43#60#99
Opening Wednesdays#8#11#18--#12
Single Day Gross#113#242#618#88#157#298
Non-Opening Friday Gross#31#43---#64
Non-Opening Thursday Gross#14#18#51#58#54#28
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross#24#77#32#38-#51
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross-#24#27#32#47-
Single Day Friday Gross#126#177-#36#56#240
Single Day Monday Gross#39#40#144--#109
Single Day Saturday Gross#85#137#294#83#118#158
Single Day Sunday Gross#61#92-#95#121#147
Single Day Thursday Gross#20#24#67#76#71#40
Single Day Tuesday Gross#29#85#37#43-#58
Single Day Wednesday Gross#9#14#26#63#85#15
Non-Holiday Monday Gross#17#49---#61
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time#94#141-#77#104-
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends#87#129-#72#97-
New Years Days#6#11#12---
Friday Share of Opening Weekends---#89#136-
Friday to Saturday Drops on Opening Weekends---#82#114-
Sunday Share of Opening Weekends#168#154#94---
Opening Weekends#73#118#204#58#71#152
Opening Weekends - December#6#9#13#2#5#10
Opening Weekends - Holiday#18#29#41#14#17#33
Eleventh Weekends#69#111#39---
Ninth Weekends#52#94#36---
Tenth Weekends#68#133#43---
Top 10-Day Grosses#39#55#95#63#103#75
Top 3-Day Grosses#73#122#235#62#72#172
Top 4-Day Grosses#52#80-#67#84#112
Top 6-Day Grosses#40#58#120#66#97#76
Top 7-Day Grosses#36#57#104#65#101#69
Top 8-Day Grosses#41#57#98#65#103#78
Top 9-Day Grosses#42#57#101#64#102#80
Twelfth Weekends#33#125#40---
Twelfth Weekends#49#117#41---
Top 5-Day Grosses#43#64#128#67#88#86
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday#10#13#24--#16
Most Weekends at #1 (non-consecutive)#35#83#37#100#111#115
Consecutive Weekends At #1#27#67#70#87#96#99
Martin Lurther King 4-Day Holiday Weekends#72#71#51#153--
Second Weekends#31#36#69#79#130#64
Third Weekends#34#49#63#19#29#79
Fourth Weekends#84#72#53#40#60-
Fifth Weekends#68#67#32#99#152-
Sixth Weekends#109#118#70#140--
Seventh Weekends#99#113#84---
Eighth Weekends#87#133#121---
Smallest Drops, 3,000+ theaters (Super-Saturation)#91#46#41#609#629#55
Smallest Drops, 2,500+ theaters (Saturation)#200#90#69#1199#1235#125
Smallest Drops, 2,000+ theaters (Very Wide)#317#146#115#1693#1739#203
Smallest Drops, All Wide Releases#1063#618#515#3489#3552#789
Rated PG-13#18#22#30#36#52#56
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends#54#81#130#45#52#97
Widest Releases#186#232#407#47#95#112
Widest Opening Releases#168#209#395#55#100#104
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings#91#110-#37#57#58
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases#98#124-#32#54#62
Fastest to $100 million#53#64#97#67#102#76
Fastest to $150 million#37#56#74#62#87#63
Fastest to $200 million#38#46#63#52#66#57
Fastest to $250 million#22#33#61#43#67#68
Fastest to $300 million#22#30#49#44--
Slowest to $100 million#546#535#502#532#497#523
Slowest to $200 million#120#112#95#106#92#101
Best Picture Nomination Effect#145#157#138---
BOM Users' Grades#6#14#12---
Non-Friday Opening Weekends Adjusted#11#17#30--#51
Opening Weeks Adjusted#35#40#71#95#154#169
Non-Opening Friday Gross Adjusted#23#32#59---
Non-Opening Thursday Gross Adjusted#10#14#37#88#87#56
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross Adjusted#11#51#13#60-#100
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross Adjusted#60#14#13#45#83-
Single Day Friday Gross Adjusted#93#118#225#46#83-
Single Day Monday Gross Adjusted#33#27#104--#180
Single Day Saturday Gross Adjusted#51#87#188#136#198#277
Single Day Sunday Gross Adjusted#36#59#104---
Single Day Thursday Gross Adjusted#15#19#44#107#106#69
Single Day Tuesday Gross Adjusted#15#59#17#68-#109
Single Day Wednesday Gross Adjusted#6#9#19#88#134#23
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time Adjusted#102#135----
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends Adjusted#88#114-#184--
Opening Weekends Adjusted - December#2#4#9#5#8#15
Opening Weekends Adjusted#48#81#144#84#121#252
Opening Weekends Adjusted - Holiday#11#18#33#19#26#54
Eleventh Weekends Adjusted#109#154#53---
Ninth Weekends Adjusted#87#143#62---
Tenth Weekends Adjusted#110#184#74---
Twelfth Weekends Adjusted#53#160#56---
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday Adjusted#7#14----
Second Weekends Adjusted#22#20#44#146-#121
Third Weekends Adjusted#26#38#50#49#86#189
Fourth Weekends Adjusted#103#81#48#112#165-
Fifth Weekends Adjusted#105#99#52---
Sixth Weekends Adjusted#158#156#97---
Seventh Weekends Adjusted#169#176#111---
Eighth Weekends Adjusted#133#192#171---
Rated PG-13 Adjusted#13#16#19#63#97#99
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends Adjusted#36#63#100#64#86#155
 
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