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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----#5#6
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----#2#3
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---#3#5#6
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---#42#52#54
Genre: Dragon - Supporting Role---#4-#7
Genre: Fantasy - Live Action#3#5#8#10#17#18
Genre: IMAX (Feature-length)---#52#66#69
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#43#55#74#83#116#121
All Time Adjusted#59#72#89#216#299-
All Time Worldwide#26#56#68#42#51#52
Worldwide Openings#43#77-#58#66-
Foreign Opening Weekends#57#91-#47#48-
Non-Friday Opening Weekends#15#23#42--#29
Opening Weeks#80#94#155#89#131#145
Opening Day Gross#81#125#233#70#96#141
Opening Wednesdays#8#11#19--#12
Single Day Gross#190#377#890#156#259#445
Non-Opening Friday Gross#41#56---#90
Non-Opening Thursday Gross#19#27#67#77#71#42
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross#54#136#67#76-#98
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross-#38#42#50#77-
Single Day Friday Gross#185#247-#63#94#333
Single Day Monday Gross#64#66#199--#156
Single Day Saturday Gross#131#201#402#127#173#227
Single Day Sunday Gross#98#138-#142#181#212
Single Day Thursday Gross#25#33#84#96#89#54
Single Day Tuesday Gross#60#145#73#82-#106
Single Day Wednesday Gross#9#15#31#86#121#17
Non-Holiday Monday Gross#29#74---#90
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time#131#186-#110#145-
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends#120#168-#101#134-
Friday Share of Opening Weekends---#114#169-
Friday to Saturday Drops on Opening Weekends---#114#157-
Sunday Share of Opening Weekends-#195#120---
Opening Weekends#111#163#270#90#109#207
Opening Weekends - December#8#12#16#4#7#13
Opening Weekends - Holiday#24#38#54#19#23#44
Eleventh Weekends#79#126#42---
Ninth Weekends#60#111#42---
Tenth Weekends#77#154#48---
Top 10-Day Grosses#65#84#136#97#145#112
Top 3-Day Grosses#111#170#309#94#110#231
Top 4-Day Grosses#82#116-#99#122#156
Top 6-Day Grosses#64#88#167#100#135#114
Top 7-Day Grosses#59#87#145#98#139#105
Top 8-Day Grosses#65#87#137#101#144#115
Top 9-Day Grosses#69#87#143#100#145#118
Twelfth Weekends#36#140#44---
Twelfth Weekends#52#128#43---
Top 5-Day Grosses#68#96#175#100#128#124
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday#10#13#26--#16
Most Weekends at #1 (non-consecutive)#36#89#38#112#123#127
Consecutive Weekends At #1#28#72#76#99#108#111
Martin Lurther King 4-Day Holiday Weekends#89#88#61#175--
Second Weekends#55#61#104#117#175#98
Third Weekends#57#72#89#36#51#107
Fourth Weekends#110#97#76#58#84-
Fifth Weekends#90#89#45#128#189-
Sixth Weekends#135#146#90#175--
Seventh Weekends#118#133#102---
Eighth Weekends#103#154#142---
Smallest Drops, 3,000+ theaters (Super-Saturation)#108#57#52#790#821#68
Smallest Drops, 2,500+ theaters (Saturation)#229#109#88#1443#1494#146
Smallest Drops, 2,000+ theaters (Very Wide)#350#168#137#1982#2044#227
Smallest Drops, All Wide Releases#1131#664#558#3885#3965#842
Rated PG-13#30#34#46#53#69#73
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends#76#107#167#63#74#129
Widest Releases#308#368#592#103#181#203
Widest Opening Releases#283#338#570#120#185#191
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings#148#174-#73#100#102
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases#159#192-#65#98#108
Fastest to $100 million#83#97#136#100#143#113
Fastest to $150 million#60#86#112#96#127#97
Fastest to $200 million#62#73#94#81#97#86
Fastest to $250 million#39#58#91#71#97#98
Fastest to $300 million#40#54#78#73--
Slowest to $100 million#633#619#580#616#573#603
Slowest to $200 million#145#134#113#126#110#121
Best Picture Nomination Effect#161#175#154---
BOM Users' Grades#6#14#12---
Non-Friday Opening Weekends Adjusted#11#17#31--#53
Opening Weeks Adjusted#51#57#94#124#193#208
Non-Opening Friday Gross Adjusted#25#35#68---
Non-Opening Thursday Gross Adjusted#11#15#42#103#102#69
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross Adjusted#22#79#24#90-#139
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross Adjusted#79#17#16#59#106-
Single Day Friday Gross Adjusted#128#157#280#68#113-
Single Day Monday Gross Adjusted#43#36#132--#224
Single Day Saturday Gross Adjusted#71#115#236#173#248#340
Single Day Sunday Gross Adjusted#53#81#135---
Single Day Thursday Gross Adjusted#16#20#49#123#122#82
Single Day Tuesday Gross Adjusted#27#88#29#99-#149
Single Day Wednesday Gross Adjusted#6#9#19#106#163#24
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time Adjusted#121#156----
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends Adjusted#106#134----
Opening Weekends Adjusted - December#4#6#11#7#10#18
Opening Weekends Adjusted#70#106#182#109#155#302
Opening Weekends Adjusted - Holiday#14#21#39#22#31#63
Eleventh Weekends Adjusted#113#162#53---
Ninth Weekends Adjusted#89#149#63---
Tenth Weekends Adjusted#114#193#77---
Twelfth Weekends Adjusted#53#171#56---
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday Adjusted#7#14----
Second Weekends Adjusted#28#26#58#179-#150
Third Weekends Adjusted#36#50#63#62#105-
Fourth Weekends Adjusted#118#92#55#129#183-
Fifth Weekends Adjusted#115#108#54---
Sixth Weekends Adjusted#169#167#101---
Seventh Weekends Adjusted#174#181#114---
Eighth Weekends Adjusted#138#199#178---
Rated PG-13 Adjusted#17#21#24#79#114#116
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends Adjusted#49#78#122#79#106#186
 
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