Lord of the Rings vs. The Matrix

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Matrix Reloaded





Release Summary

Genre Action Adventure Drama Fantasy Action Sci-Fi Action Adventure Drama Fantasy Action Sci-Fi
DistributorNew Line (Pre-Warner) Warner Bros. New Line (Pre-Warner) Warner Bros.
Release DateDec 17, 2003Nov 5, 2003Dec 18, 2002May 15, 2003
Domestic Gross $377,027,325$139,313,948$339,789,881$281,576,461
Production Budget$94,000,000$150,000,000$94,000,000$150,000,000
Running Time3 hr 21 min2 hr 9 min2 hr 59 min2 hr 18 min
MPAA RatingRated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening imagesRated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening imagesRated R for sci-fi violence and brief sexual contentRated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary imagesPG-13Rated R for sci-fi violence and some sexuality

Domestic Summary

Total Gross $377,027,325$139,313,948$339,789,881$281,576,461
Opening Weekend $72,629,713$48,475,154$62,007,528$91,774,413
Opening % of Total19.3%34.8%18.2%32.6%
Widest Release3,7033,5023,6223,603
Close DateJun 3, 2004Mar 4, 2004Aug 24, 2003Nov 13, 2003
In Release381 days / 54 weeks423 days / 60 weeks379 days / 54 weeks232 days / 33 weeks
Weekends at #14131
Weekends in Top 1012386

Worldwide Summary

Worldwide Gross$1,140,682,011$427,343,298$936,689,735$739,412,035
Foreign Gross$763,654,686$288,029,350$596,899,854$457,835,574
Foreign % of Worldwide66.9%67.4%63.7%61.9%
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$139,313,948$339,789,881$281,576,461
Domestic % of Worldwide33.1%32.6%36.3%38.1%