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Release Summary

Genre Adventure Drama Fantasy Action Adventure Sci-Fi Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi
DistributorNew Line (Pre-Warner) Sony Pictures Releasing 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Release DateDec 17, 2003May 3, 2002May 19, 1999
Domestic Gross $377,027,325$403,706,375$431,088,295
Production Budget$94,000,000$139,000,000$115,000,000
Running Time3 hr 21 min2 hr 1 min2 hr 16 min
MPAA RatingRated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening imagesRated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening imagesRated PG-13 for stylized violence and actionRated PG for sci-fi action/violence

Domestic Summary

Total Gross $377,027,325$403,706,375$431,088,295
Opening Weekend $72,629,713$114,844,116$64,820,970
Opening % of Total19.3%28.4%15%
Widest Release3,7033,8763,126
Close DateJun 3, 2004Aug 18, 2002Feb 3, 2000
In Release381 days / 54 weeks243 days / 34 weeks593 days / 84 weeks
Weekends at #1424
Weekends in Top 1012811

Worldwide Summary

Worldwide Gross$1,118,887,224$821,708,551$924,305,084
Foreign Gross$741,859,899$418,002,176$493,216,789
Foreign % of Worldwide66.3%50.9%53.4%
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$403,706,375$431,088,295
Domestic % of Worldwide33.7%49.1%46.6%
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