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Yup thats right folks. Check out the article below:

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentSe...=1012571727304

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Box office record for last Lord of the Ringsfilm
By Simon London in San Francisco
Published: December 21 2003 21:49 | Last Updated: December 22 2003 0:08


The final installment of the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy sold $246m worth of tickets worldwide between Wednesday and Sunday, the highest total takings over the first five days of any film.


The strong box office performance of The Return of the King provides a welcome boost for Time Warner, the media conglomerate that owns New Line Cinema, the film's distributor, and raises hopes that it could become only the second film after Titanic to gross more than $1bn during its run.

Time Warner has been overshadowed by record writedowns, management upheaval and stock price turmoil since it merged four years ago with AOL, the internet service provider.

The Return of the King dominated North America box offices this weekend, selling $73.6m worth of tickets between Friday and Sunday, for total takings of $125m since its launch on Wednesday. The film added $121m in 28 other countries to easily surpass the $202m worldwide opeing achieved last month by The Matrix Revolutions, the previous opening-week record holder.

The financial performance of The Return of the King is all the more remarkable because the film has yet to open in a number of countries, including Japan, Italy and Australia.

The first Lord of the Rings installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, released in 2001, achieved North American ticket sales of $94m in its first five days and went on to gross $861m worldwide. The Two Towers, released in 2002, grossed $102m in its first five days in North America and went on to achieve total sales of $921m.

Each of the films, shot on location in New Zealand by director Peter Jackson, is estimated to have cost $100m to produce.

Titanic, released in 1998, launched in fewer countries but went on to achieve worldwide ticket sales of $1.8bn.
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Movie could make 3 billion or more easily and i believe above gross is for ticket sales only.. That doesnt count DVD's, action figures and whatever else they sell that has the movie on it..

Marketing GENIOUS. 100 million to make, they filmed all 3 movies at once over 18 months.

Also heard orginally jackson said he wasn't gonna make the prequel "hobbit" flick. But after this success his mind has since been changed.


I liked the movie. My ass didnt. The 10 endings was kinda lame with some of it all having the happiness...

Oh and dont go to the theater in merrifield of 29. That place sux donkey ballz!!


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Great movie. The multiple endings thing was played out a bit. It was just like the book ended minus all the Hobbiton warfare.

Those are some rich fucking hobbits.
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i gave them my $6.50
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December 22, 2003, 07:14 PM

Great books, great movies.

I hear Narnia is being made now too - that was like 9 books and will draw us in too.

I hope Tolkien's family is seeing serious coin out of this. New Line should fund maintenance of the Sommes River memorials forever.
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December 22, 2003, 07:18 PM

I still want to see it!


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