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Lord of the Rings Showdown

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


Movie Summary
Return of the King

Two Towers

Fellowship of the Ring

King Kong

The Hobbit

The Hobbit 2
GenreFantasyFantasyFantasyPeriod AdventureFantasyFantasy
StudioNew LineNew LineNew LineUniversalWarner Bros.Warner Bros.
Release DateDecember 17, 2003December 18, 2002December 19, 2001December 14, 2005December 14, 2012December 13, 2013
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$218,080,025$303,003,568$258,363,104
Production Budget$94 million$94 million$93 million$207 millionn/an/a
Running Time3 hrs. 20 min.2 hrs. 59 min.2 hrs. 58 min.3 hrs. 7 min.2 hrs. 46 min.2 hrs. 41 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 imagesfrightening adventure violence and some disturbing imagesextended 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 RingKing KongThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2
Total Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$218,080,025$303,003,568$258,363,104
Opening Weekend*$72,629,713$62,007,528$47,211,490$50,130,145$84,617,303$73,645,197
Theaters3,7033,6223,3593,5684,0453,903
Average$19,613$17,119$14,055$14,049$20,919$18,869
Opening % of Total19.3%18.2%15.1%23.0%27.9%28.5%
Second Weekend Drop-30.3%-21.2%-18.0%-57.6%-56.4%-57.2%
Widest Release3,7033,6223,3813,6274,1003,928
Close DateJune 3, 2004August 24, 2003n/aApril 6, 2006April 25, 2013n/a
In Release170 days / 24 weeks250 days / 36 weeks243 days / 35 weeks114 days / 16 weeks133 days / 19 weeks125 days / 18 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 RingKing KongThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2
Worldwide Gross$1,119,110,941$923,285,627$869,349,688$550,517,357$1,017,003,568$952,863,104
Foreign Gross$742,083,616$583,495,746$555,985,574$332,437,332$714,000,000$694,500,000
Foreign % of Worldwide66.3%63.2%64.0%60.4%70.2%72.9%
Domestic Gross$377,027,325$339,789,881$313,364,114$218,080,025$303,003,568$258,363,104
Domestic % of Worldwide33.7%36.8%36.0%39.6%29.8%27.1%
 
People SummaryReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingKing KongThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2
Actor: Cate Blanchett#1n/a#3-#4n/a
Actor: Elijah Wood#1#2#3-n/a-
Actor: Ian Holm#1-#2-n/a-
Actor: Ian McKellen#1#2#3-#4#5
Actor: Karl Urban#1#2----
Actor: Liv Tyler#1#2#3---
Actor: Orlando Bloom#2#3#4--#7
Actor: Sean Beann/a-#1---
Actor: Viggo Mortensen#1#2#3---
Cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie#1#2#3#5--
Composer: Howard Shore#1#2#3-#4#6
Director: Peter Jackson#1#2#3#6#4#5
Producer: Fran Walsh#1#2#3#6#4#5
Producer: Peter Jackson#1#2#3#6#4#5
Writer: Fran Walsh-#1#2#6#4#5
Writer: Guillermo del Toro----#1#2
Writer: Peter Jackson----#1#2
Writer: Philippa Boyens#1#2#3#6#4#5
 
Genres & FranchisesReturn of the KingTwo TowersFellowship of the RingKing KongThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2
Franchise: The Lord of the Rings#1#2#3-#4#5
Genre: 3D----#10#16
Genre: Fantasy - Live Action#2#3#6-#7#14
Genre: IMAX (Feature-length)----#18#29
Genre: Prequel----#4#6
Genre: Sword and Sorcery#1#2#3---
Showdown: Lord of the Rings Showdown#1#2#3#6#4#5
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 RingKing KongThe HobbitThe Hobbit 2
All Time Domestic#23#28#37#113#45#73
All Time Adjusted#52#62#77-#179-
All Time Worldwide#7#28#35#101#17#24
Worldwide Openings#16#36-#54#22#28
Foreign Opening Weekends#23#34-#38#19#20
Non-Friday Opening Weekends#14#22#37#31--
Opening Weeks#38#47#90#147#43#75
Opening Day Gross#40#66#140-#33#47
Opening Wednesdays#8#11#17#34--
Single Day Gross#82#185#502#382#61#116
Non-Opening Friday Gross#26#36----
Non-Opening Thursday Gross#11#15#46-#52#49
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross#16#60#22-#27-
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross-#19#22-#26#38
Single Day Friday Gross#97#143--#25#41
Single Day Monday Gross#33#34#125#47--
Single Day Saturday Gross#65#109#243#147#63#92
Single Day Sunday Gross#48#74--#77#100
Single Day Thursday Gross#17#21#60-#68#64
Single Day Tuesday Gross#21#68#27-#32-
Single Day Wednesday Gross#8#12#22#66#56#73
Non-Holiday Monday Gross#13#39-#17--
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time#74#114--#58#84
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends#70#107#183#184#56#80
New Years Days#5#9#10-#15-
Christmas Days#8#12#15---
Friday Share of Opening Weekends----#68#110
Friday to Saturday Drops on Opening Weekends----#63#90
Sunday Share of Opening Weekends#154#141#86---
Opening Weekends#58#97#167#151#43#56
Opening Weekends - December#5#8#11#9#1#4
Opening Weekends - Holiday#15#25#34#29#11#14
Eleventh Weekends#69#109#39---
Ninth Weekends#51#91#35---
Tenth Weekends#67#131#43---
Top 10-Day Grosses#31#44#79-#51#84
Top 3-Day Grosses#58#100#195-#47#57
Top 4-Day Grosses#39#65--#52#68
Top 6-Day Grosses#34#46#98-#52#80
Top 7-Day Grosses#30#45#86#138#52#84
Top 8-Day Grosses#34#45#81-#52#85
Top 9-Day Grosses#34#45#82-#51#83
Twelfth Weekends#48#114#40---
Twelfth Weekends#32#122#38---
Top 5-Day Grosses#37#50#106-#53#71
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday#10#13#23---
Most Weekends at #1 (non-consecutive)#34#77#36#197#92#104
Consecutive Weekends At #1#26#63#66#191#80#89
Martin Lurther King 4-Day Holiday Weekends#63#62#43#114#140-
Second Weekends#23#27#58-#66#108
Third Weekends#28#41#55#45#16#23
Fourth Weekends#73#61#44#97#33#49
Fifth Weekends#61#60#28#165#92#140
Sixth Weekends#101#110#64-#130-
Seventh Weekends#93#107#78---
Eighth Weekends#83#126#114---
Smallest Drops, 3,000+ theaters (Super-Saturation)#82#42#38#554#526#542
Smallest Drops, 2,500+ theaters (Saturation)#184#84#64#1122#1079#1109
Smallest Drops, 2,000+ theaters (Very Wide)#297#139#109#1619#1558#1598
Smallest Drops, All Wide Releases#1023#598#496#3390#3303#3360
Rated PG-13#15#18#24#64#30#44
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends#43#66#107#98#34#41
Widest Releases#142#181#336#177#37#73
Widest Opening Releases#128#162#326#191#45#79
Widest PG-13 Rated Openings#67#85#180#100#29#42
Widest PG-13 Rated Releases#74#97#187#95#25#38
Fastest to $100 million#41#51#81#155#54#85
Fastest to $150 million#31#45#61#104#51#72
Fastest to $200 million#32#38#51#85#43#54
Fastest to $250 million#18#27#52-#36#57
Fastest to $300 million#18#24#40-#35-
Slowest to $100 million#502#492#462#388#489#458
Slowest to $200 million#105#99#86#52#94#83
Best Picture Nomination Effect#134#146#127---
BOM Users' Grades#6#14#12#211--
Non-Friday Opening Weekends Adjusted#11#17#30#35--
Opening Weeks Adjusted#29#34#60#153#82#138
Non-Opening Friday Gross Adjusted#20#28#54---
Non-Opening Thursday Gross Adjusted#9#13#34#117#83#82
Non-Opening Tuesday Gross Adjusted#8#41#10#76#50-
Non-Opening Wednesday Gross Adjusted#54#11#10#77#40#75
Single Day Friday Gross Adjusted#76#99#195-#36#67
Single Day Monday Gross Adjusted#29#23#95#49--
Single Day Saturday Gross Adjusted#43#74#164#150#116#172
Single Day Sunday Gross Adjusted#31#52#90---
Single Day Thursday Gross Adjusted#14#18#41#136#100#99
Single Day Tuesday Gross Adjusted#12#49#14#85#58-
Single Day Wednesday Gross Adjusted#6#9#17#74#82#123
Theater Averages (Wide Releases) - All Time Adjusted#95#126----
Theater Averages - Wide Opening Weekends Adjusted#82#107#192-#169-
Opening Weekends Adjusted - December#1#3#8#10#4#7
Opening Weekends Adjusted#42#67#126#154#70#105
Opening Weekends Adjusted - Holiday#9#15#30#35#16#23
Eleventh Weekends Adjusted#109#154#53---
Ninth Weekends Adjusted#87#142#62---
Tenth Weekends Adjusted#110#183#74---
Twelfth Weekends Adjusted#53#158#56---
Top 5-Day Grosses for movies opening on a Wednesday Adjusted#7#14----
Second Weekends Adjusted#19#17#38-#134-
Third Weekends Adjusted#24#35#47#58#46#81
Fourth Weekends Adjusted#99#77#45#166#107#172
Fifth Weekends Adjusted#101#95#50---
Sixth Weekends Adjusted#153#151#95---
Seventh Weekends Adjusted#163#171#109---
Eighth Weekends Adjusted#132#189#169---
Rated PG-13 Adjusted#11#14#17#75#56#90
Rated PG-13, Opening Weekends Adjusted#31#52#88#103#53#74
 
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