Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Release Summary

Genre Fantasy Adventure Space Opera Prequel Adventure IMAX Prequel Space Opera Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Fantasy
Distributor20th Century Fox Film Corporation 20th Century Fox Film Corporation New Line (Pre-Warner) New Line (Pre-Warner)
Release DateMay 19, 1999May 16, 2002Dec 18, 2002Dec 17, 2003
Gross To Date $431,088,295$302,191,252$339,789,881$377,027,325
Production Budget$115,000,000$115,000,000$94,000,000$94,000,000
Running Time2 hr 16 min2 hr 22 min2 hr 59 min3 hr 21 min

Domestic Summary

Total Gross $431,088,295$302,191,252$339,789,881$377,027,325
Opening Weekend $64,820,970$80,027,814$62,007,528$72,629,713
Opening % of Total15%26.5%18.2%19.3%
Widest Release3,1263,1613,6223,703
Close DateFeb 3, 2000Nov 3, 2002Aug 24, 2003Jun 3, 2004
In Release593 days / 84 weeks232 days / 33 weeks379 days / 54 weeks381 days / 54 weeks
Weekends at #14234
Weekends in Top 10117812

Worldwide Summary

Worldwide Gross$924,305,084$645,256,452$936,689,735$1,140,682,011
Foreign Gross$493,216,789$343,065,200$596,899,854$763,654,686
Foreign % of Worldwide53.4%53.2%63.7%66.9%
Domestic Gross$431,088,295$302,191,252$339,789,881$377,027,325
Domestic % of Worldwide46.6%46.8%36.3%33.1%