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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: The Battle of the Five Armies
GenreFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasy
StudioNew LineNew LineNew LineWarner Bros.Warner Bros.Warner Bros.
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: The Battle of the Five Armies
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: The Battle of the Five Armies
Worldwide Gross$1,119,110,941$923,285,627$869,349,688$1,017,003,568$960,366,855$955,119,788
Foreign Gross$742,083,616$583,495,746$555,985,574$714,000,000$702,000,000$700,000,000
Foreign % of Worldwide66.3%63.2%64.0%70.2%73.1%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%29.8%26.9%26.7%
 
People SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch----#1#2
Actor: Cate Blanchett#1n/a#3#4n/a#5
Actor: Elijah Wood#1#2#3n/a--
Actor: Evangeline Lilly----#1#2
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---
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: The Battle of the Five Armies
Franchise: The Hobbit---#1#2#3
Franchise: The Lord of the Rings#1#2#3#4#5#6
Genre: 3D---#12#19#21
Genre: Dragon - Supporting Role---#4-#7
Genre: Fantasy - Live Action#2#3#6#7#14#15
Genre: IMAX (Feature-length)---#22#34#37
Genre: Prequel---#4#6#8
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: The Battle of the Five Armies
All Time Domestic#24#31#42#50#79#84
All Time Adjusted#52#62#77#184--
All Time Worldwide#10#32#39#20#26#28
Worldwide Openings#21#42-#27#33-
Foreign Opening Weekends#28#41-#24#25-
Non-Friday Opening Weekends#14#22#38--#26
Opening Weeks#45#55#103#51#86#95
Opening Day Gross#48#78#161#39#55#93
Opening Wednesdays#8#11#18--#12
Single Day Gross#96#212#566#71#135#266
Non-Opening Friday Gross#28#39---#60
Non-Opening Thursday Gross#11#15#48#54#51#25
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross#18#69#26#31-#44
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross-#20#23#27#40-
Single Day Friday Gross#115#164-#31#49#226
Single Day Monday Gross#36#37#136--#103
Single Day Saturday Gross#77#128#273#75#109#147
Single Day Sunday Gross#55#84-#87#113#137
Single Day Thursday Gross#17#21#64#72#68#37
Single Day Tuesday Gross#23#77#31#36-#51
Single Day Wednesday Gross#8#12#23#58#76#13
Non-Holiday Monday Gross#14#43---#55
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time#85#131-#68#95-
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends#81#122-#66#91-
New Years Days#5#9#10#15--
Christmas Days#10#15---#14
Friday Share of Opening Weekends---#80#127-
Friday to Saturday Drops on Opening Weekends---#74#103-
Sunday Share of Opening Weekends#165#150#92---
Opening Weekends#68#112#193#53#66#143
Opening Weekends - December#5#8#12#1#4#9
Opening Weekends - Holiday#16#26#38#12#15#30
Eleventh Weekends#69#111#39---
Ninth Weekends#52#93#36---
Tenth Weekends#68#133#43---
Top 10-Day Grosses#35#50#90#58#97#70
Top 3-Day Grosses#68#115#223#57#67#162
Top 4-Day Grosses#47#75-#62#79#106
Top 6-Day Grosses#37#53#114#61#92#71
Top 7-Day Grosses#33#52#98#60#96#64
Top 8-Day Grosses#37#52#93#60#97#73
Top 9-Day Grosses#38#52#95#59#96#75
Twelfth Weekends#32#123#38---
Twelfth Weekends#48#115#40---
Top 5-Day Grosses#40#59#122#62#83#81
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday#10#13#24--#16
Most Weekends at #1 (non-consecutive)#34#79#36#96#107#111
Consecutive Weekends At #1#26#64#67#84#93#96
Martin Lurther King 4-Day Holiday Weekends#68#67#47#147--
Second Weekends#27#31#64#73#121#59
Third Weekends#31#46#60#17#26#75
Fourth Weekends#80#68#50#37#56-
Fifth Weekends#64#63#30#95#146-
Sixth Weekends#104#113#67#134--
Seventh Weekends#96#110#81---
Eighth Weekends#86#130#118---
Smallest Drops, 3,000+ theaters (Super-Saturation)#87#44#40#577#596#52
Smallest Drops, 2,500+ theaters (Saturation)#191#86#66#1149#1183#120
Smallest Drops, 2,000+ theaters (Very Wide)#307#142#112#1636#1680#198
Smallest Drops, All Wide Releases#1048#610#508#3413#3474#780
Rated PG-13#16#20#28#34#49#53
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends#51#77#123#42#49#91
Widest Releases#166#211#377#42#86#102
Widest Opening Releases#150#189#367#51#91#94
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings#80#98-#34#51#52
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases#87#112-#29#48#56
Fastest to $100 million#48#59#92#62#96#71
Fastest to $150 million#34#51#69#57#82#58
Fastest to $200 million#35#41#58#47#61#52
Fastest to $250 million#20#30#56#39#62#63
Fastest to $300 million#20#26#45#40--
Slowest to $100 million#532#521#488#518#484#509
Slowest to $200 million#116#110#93#104#90#99
Best Picture Nomination Effect#140#152#133---
BOM Users' Grades#6#14#12---
Non-Friday Opening Weekends Adjusted#11#17#30--#51
Opening Weeks Adjusted#32#37#66#90#149#164
Non-Opening Friday Gross Adjusted#21#29#57---
Non-Opening Thursday Gross Adjusted#9#13#34#85#84#53
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross Adjusted#8#45#10#54-#93
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross Adjusted#55#11#10#41#78-
Single Day Friday Gross Adjusted#86#111#215#41#76-
Single Day Monday Gross Adjusted#30#24#100--#174
Single Day Saturday Gross Adjusted#46#81#181#128#190#267
Single Day Sunday Gross Adjusted#33#54#98---
Single Day Thursday Gross Adjusted#14#18#41#104#103#66
Single Day Tuesday Gross Adjusted#12#53#14#62-#102
Single Day Wednesday Gross Adjusted#6#9#17#84#127#21
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time Adjusted#98#130----
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends Adjusted#85#111-#178--
Opening Weekends Adjusted - December#1#3#8#4#7#14
Opening Weekends Adjusted#45#76#140#79#116#244
Opening Weekends Adjusted - Holiday#10#16#31#17#24#51
Eleventh Weekends Adjusted#109#154#53---
Ninth Weekends Adjusted#87#143#62---
Tenth Weekends Adjusted#110#184#74---
Twelfth Weekends Adjusted#53#158#56---
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday Adjusted#7#14----
Second Weekends Adjusted#20#18#42#141-#116
Third Weekends Adjusted#25#36#48#47#84#185
Fourth Weekends Adjusted#101#79#46#110#162-
Fifth Weekends Adjusted#103#97#50---
Sixth Weekends Adjusted#156#154#95---
Seventh Weekends Adjusted#167#174#110---
Eighth Weekends Adjusted#132#191#170---
Rated PG-13 Adjusted#11#14#17#60#94#96
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends Adjusted#34#60#98#61#83#150
 
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