Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Release Summary

Genre Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Space Opera Fantasy Prequel Adventure Adventure IMAX Prequel Fantasy Space Opera
DistributorNew Line (Pre-Warner) New Line (Pre-Warner) 20th Century Fox Film Corporation 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Release DateDec 18, 2002Dec 17, 2003May 19, 1999May 16, 2002
Gross To Date $339,789,881$377,027,325$431,088,295$302,191,252
Production Budget$94,000,000$94,000,000$115,000,000$115,000,000
Running Time2 hr 59 min3 hr 21 min2 hr 16 min2 hr 22 min

Domestic Summary

Total Gross $339,789,881$377,027,325$431,088,295$302,191,252
Opening Weekend $62,007,528$72,629,713$64,820,970$80,027,814
Opening % of Total18.2%19.3%15%26.5%
Widest Release3,6223,7033,1263,161
Close DateAug 24, 2003Jun 3, 2004Feb 3, 2000Nov 3, 2002
In Release379 days / 54 weeks381 days / 54 weeks593 days / 84 weeks232 days / 33 weeks
Weekends at #13442
Weekends in Top 10812117

Worldwide Summary

Worldwide Gross$936,689,735$1,140,682,011$924,305,084$645,256,452
Foreign Gross$596,899,854$763,654,686$493,216,789$343,065,200
Foreign % of Worldwide63.7%66.9%53.4%53.2%
Domestic Gross$339,789,881$377,027,325$431,088,295$302,191,252
Domestic % of Worldwide36.3%33.1%46.6%46.8%