Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Release Summary

Genre Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Children's Book Adaptation Dragon Young Adult Novel Adaptation IMAX Family Fantasy Boarding School Children's Book Adaptation Young Adult Novel Adaptation IMAX Family Fantasy Boarding School
DistributorNew Line (Pre-Warner) New Line (Pre-Warner) Warner Bros. Warner Bros.
Release DateDec 19, 2001Dec 18, 2002Nov 16, 2001Nov 15, 2002
Gross To Date $313,364,114$339,789,881$317,575,550$261,988,482
Production Budget$93,000,000$94,000,000$125,000,000$100,000,000
Running Time2 hr 58 min2 hr 59 min2 hr 32 min2 hr 41 min

Domestic Summary

Total Gross $313,364,114$339,789,881$317,575,550$261,988,482
Opening Weekend $47,211,490$62,007,528$90,294,621$88,357,488
Opening % of Total15.1%18.2%28.4%33.7%
Widest Release3,3813,6223,6723,682
Close DateAug 24, 2003May 4, 2003
In Release378 days / 54 weeks379 days / 54 weeks411 days / 58 weeks412 days / 58 weeks
Weekends at #14332
Weekends in Top 109898

Worldwide Summary

Worldwide Gross$880,839,846$936,689,735$974,755,371$878,979,634
Foreign Gross$567,475,732$596,899,854$657,179,821$616,991,152
Foreign % of Worldwide64.4%63.7%67.4%70.2%
Domestic Gross$313,364,114$339,789,881$317,575,550$261,988,482
Domestic % of Worldwide35.6%36.3%32.6%29.8%