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Lord of the Rings Showdown

Return of the King vs. Two Towers vs. Fellowship of the Ring vs. The Hobbit


Movie Summary
Return of the King

Two Towers

Fellowship of the Ring

The Hobbit

The Hobbit 2

The Hobbit 3
GenreFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasyFantasy
StudioNew LineNew LineNew LineWarner Bros. (New Line)Warner Bros. (New Line)Warner Bros. (New Line)
Release DateDecember 17, 2003December 18, 2002December 19, 2001December 14, 2012December 13, 2013December 17, 2014
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$303,003,568$258,366,855$255,119,788
Production Budget$94 million$94 million$93 millionn/an/an/a
Running Time3 hrs. 20 min.2 hrs. 59 min.2 hrs. 58 min.2 hrs. 46 min.2 hrs. 41 min.2 hrs. 24 min.
MPAA RatingPG-13PG-13PG-13PG-13PG-13PG-13
MPAA Reasonfor intense epic battle sequences and frightening imagesepic battle sequences and scary imagesepic battle sequences and some scary imagesextended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.
 

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Domestic SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Total Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$303,003,568$258,366,855$255,119,788
Opening Weekend*$72,629,713$62,007,528$47,211,490$84,617,303$73,645,197$54,724,334
Theaters3,7033,6223,3594,0453,9033,875
Average$19,613$17,119$14,055$20,919$18,869$14,122
Opening % of Total19.3%18.2%15.1%27.9%28.5%21.5%
Second Weekend Drop-30.3%-21.2%-18.0%-56.4%-57.2%-25.2%
Widest Release3,7033,6223,3814,1003,9283,875
Close DateJune 3, 2004August 24, 2003n/aApril 25, 2013April 17, 2014April 2, 2015
In Release170 days / 24 weeks250 days / 36 weeks243 days / 35 weeks133 days / 19 weeks126 days / 18 weeks107 days / 15 weeks
*Note: If a movie opened in limited release and later went wide, data from the first wide weekend of release is used.
 
Worldwide SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Worldwide Gross$1,119,110,941$923,285,627$869,349,688$1,021,103,568$958,366,855$956,019,788
Foreign Gross$742,083,616$583,495,746$555,985,574$718,100,000$700,000,000$700,900,000
Foreign % of Worldwide66.3%63.2%64.0%70.3%73.0%73.3%
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$303,003,568$258,366,855$255,119,788
Domestic % of Worldwide33.7%36.8%36.0%29.7%27.0%26.7%
 
People SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Actor: Andy Serkis#4#5n/a#6--
Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch----#4#5
Actor: Cate Blanchett#1n/a#3#5n/a#6
Actor: Christopher Lee-#2#3n/a-#5
Actor: Elijah Wood#1#2#3n/a--
Actor: Evangeline Lilly----#1#2
Actor: Hugo Weaving--#1#2-#4
Actor: Ian Holm#1-#2n/a--
Actor: Ian McKellen#2#3#4#5#6#7
Actor: Karl Urban#1#2----
Actor: Lee Pace---#2#4#5
Actor: Liv Tyler#1#2#3---
Actor: Luke Evans----#2#3
Actor: Martin Freeman---#3#4#5
Actor: Orlando Bloom#2#3#4-#7#8
Actor: Sean Beann/a-#1---
Actor: Viggo Mortensen#1#2#3---
Cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie#1#2#3#4#5#7
Composer: Howard Shore#1#2#3#4#6#7
Director: Peter Jackson#1#2#3#4#5#6
Producer: Fran Walsh#1#2#3#4#5#6
Producer: Peter Jackson#1#2#3#4#5#6
Writer: Fran Walsh-#1#2#4#5#6
Writer: Guillermo del Toro---#1#2#3
Writer: Peter Jackson---#1#2#3
Writer: Philippa Boyens#1#2#3#4#5#6
 
Genres & FranchisesReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
Franchise: Middle Earth#1#2#3#4#5#6
Franchise: The Hobbit---#1#2#3
Franchise: The Lord of the Rings#1#2#3---
Genre: 3D---#36#46#48
Genre: Dragon - Supporting Role---#4-#7
Genre: Fantasy - Live Action#3#4#7#9#16#17
Genre: IMAX (Feature-length)---#46#60#63
Genre: Prequel---#6#8#10
Genre: Sword and Sorcery#1#2#3#4#5#6
Showdown: Lord of the Rings Showdown#1#2#3#4#5#6
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter-#1#3---
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. Spider-Man#2#3----
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. Star Wars#2#3----
Showdown: Lord of the Rings vs. The Matrix#1#2----
 
Chart RankingsReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2The Hobbit 3
All Time Domestic#38#49#68#77#110#115
All Time Adjusted#58#70#87#210#293#300
All Time Worldwide#22#50#61#36#45#46
Worldwide Openings#40#70-#52#59-
Foreign Opening Weekends#53#80-#44#45-
Non-Friday Opening Weekends#14#22#41--#28
Opening Weeks#73#86#146#82#123#136
Opening Day Gross#74#116#219#64#88#132
Opening Wednesdays#8#11#19--#12
Single Day Gross#172#344#829#140#234#407
Non-Opening Friday Gross#38#53---#84
Non-Opening Thursday Gross#17#25#63#73#67#39
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross#46#124#58#67-#88
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross-#35#39#46#72-
Single Day Friday Gross#172#231-#57#85#312
Single Day Monday Gross#60#62#189--#147
Single Day Saturday Gross#119#187#378#116#160#211
Single Day Sunday Gross#89#128-#132#168#197
Single Day Thursday Gross#23#31#80#92#85#51
Single Day Tuesday Gross#51#132#63#72-#95
Single Day Wednesday Gross#9#14#29#82#116#15
Non-Holiday Monday Gross#26#68---#82
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time#122#176-#104#135-
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends#112#159-#96#125-
Friday Share of Opening Weekends---#109#164-
Friday to Saturday Drops on Opening Weekends---#108#149-
Sunday Share of Opening Weekends-#185#115---
Opening Weekends#103#154#255#82#101#195
Opening Weekends - December#8#12#16#4#7#13
Opening Weekends - Holiday#24#38#54#19#23#44
Eleventh Weekends#77#122#42---
Ninth Weekends#58#107#42---
Tenth Weekends#75#151#47---
Top 10-Day Grosses#59#77#128#89#136#104
Top 3-Day Grosses#103#160#292#86#102#217
Top 4-Day Grosses#75#108-#91#114#147
Top 6-Day Grosses#59#81#158#92#127#106
Top 7-Day Grosses#54#80#136#91#131#97
Top 8-Day Grosses#60#80#129#93#135#107
Top 9-Day Grosses#62#80#134#92#136#110
Twelfth Weekends#36#138#44---
Twelfth Weekends#52#127#43---
Top 5-Day Grosses#62#88#166#92#120#116
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday#10#13#26--#16
Most Weekends at #1 (non-consecutive)#36#88#38#111#122#126
Consecutive Weekends At #1#28#71#75#98#107#110
Martin Lurther King 4-Day Holiday Weekends#89#88#61#175--
Second Weekends#50#56#96#109#166#91
Third Weekends#53#68#84#32#47#102
Fourth Weekends#105#92#71#54#79-
Fifth Weekends#85#84#42#123#184-
Sixth Weekends#130#141#85#170--
Seventh Weekends#114#129#98---
Eighth Weekends#99#149#137---
Smallest Drops, 3,000+ theaters (Super-Saturation)#107#57#52#757#785#68
Smallest Drops, 2,500+ theaters (Saturation)#227#109#88#1400#1447#146
Smallest Drops, 2,000+ theaters (Very Wide)#348#168#137#1934#1992#227
Smallest Drops, All Wide Releases#1126#663#557#3825#3901#841
Rated PG-13#27#31#43#50#66#70
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends#73#104#161#60#71#125
Widest Releases#285#342#557#87#164#186
Widest Opening Releases#260#312#537#104#168#174
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings#140#165-#66#93#95
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases#151#183-#58#91#101
Fastest to $100 million#76#89#128#92#134#105
Fastest to $150 million#55#79#104#88#119#89
Fastest to $200 million#57#67#87#74#90#79
Fastest to $250 million#34#53#85#65#91#92
Fastest to $300 million#35#49#72#67--
Slowest to $100 million#620#607#568#604#562#591
Slowest to $200 million#141#131#111#124#108#119
Best Picture Nomination Effect#161#175#154---
BOM Users' Grades#6#14#12---
Non-Friday Opening Weekends Adjusted#11#17#30--#52
Opening Weeks Adjusted#48#53#90#117#185#200
Non-Opening Friday Gross Adjusted#23#33#66---
Non-Opening Thursday Gross Adjusted#10#14#40#99#98#66
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross Adjusted#19#72#21#83-#130
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross Adjusted#75#15#14#56#104-
Single Day Friday Gross Adjusted#120#148#269#64#106-
Single Day Monday Gross Adjusted#40#33#128--#217
Single Day Saturday Gross Adjusted#68#110#224#165#236#327
Single Day Sunday Gross Adjusted#49#76#128---
Single Day Thursday Gross Adjusted#15#19#47#119#118#79
Single Day Tuesday Gross Adjusted#23#80#25#91-#139
Single Day Wednesday Gross Adjusted#6#9#19#103#161#23
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time Adjusted#117#153----
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends Adjusted#103#131----
Opening Weekends Adjusted - December#4#6#11#7#10#18
Opening Weekends Adjusted#66#102#174#105#147#292
Opening Weekends Adjusted - Holiday#14#21#39#22#31#63
Eleventh Weekends Adjusted#113#161#53---
Ninth Weekends Adjusted#89#149#63---
Tenth Weekends Adjusted#113#191#76---
Twelfth Weekends Adjusted#53#169#56---
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday Adjusted#7#14----
Second Weekends Adjusted#26#24#55#172-#144
Third Weekends Adjusted#35#48#61#60#101-
Fourth Weekends Adjusted#115#91#54#125#179-
Fifth Weekends Adjusted#113#106#54---
Sixth Weekends Adjusted#167#165#101---
Seventh Weekends Adjusted#173#180#113---
Eighth Weekends Adjusted#137#197#176---
Rated PG-13 Adjusted#16#20#23#76#111#113
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends Adjusted#47#76#119#77#103#182
 
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