The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $342,548,984Details
International Box Office $584,500,000
Worldwide Box Office $927,048,984
Further financial details...

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Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
96% - Certified Fresh
Audience
95% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$94,000,000
Theatrical Release: December 18th, 2002 (Wide) by New Line
December 12th, 2003 (Limited) by New Line
June 21st, 2011 (Special Engagement) by Warner Bros.
Video Release: August 26th, 2003 by New Line Home Video
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images
Franchise: Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
Keywords: Visual Effects, Lord of the Rings, Exorcism
Source:Based on Fiction Book/Short Story
Genre:Adventure
Production Method:Animation/Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Wingnut Films

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 28th, 2012

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Blu-ray Sales: Hugo's Huge in High Definition

Hugo led a limited number of new releases on top of the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 523,000 units while generating $14.37 million in sales. This is a good result compared to its theatrical run, but not great given the film's production budget. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 51%, which is fantastic for a family film, although this is not your typical family film. More...

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Part I

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Blu-ray Sales: Holdovers Lord Above New Releases

Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy remained on top of the Blu-ray sales chart this week selling 104,000 units / $5.08 million for the week. It now has generated just over $30 million in sales in just two weeks, and even if you split that between the three movies, it's still an excellent run for a catalog title. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Ring Sucker Punches New Releases

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for June 28th, 2011

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DVD Sales: Toys Retake Top Spot

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2010 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part II

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Polly Wants the Number One Position?

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Effective Marketing

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Will it be Three in a Row for the Trilogy?

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Returning as King

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Will it be a Record Weekend for the King?

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Lord of Wednesday

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Two Way Race for Top Spot

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Cast

Elijah Wood    Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen    Gandalf the White
Liv Tyler    Arwen Evenstar
Viggo Mortensen    Aragorn
Sean Astin    Sam
Cate Blanchett    Galadriel
John Rhys-Davies    Gimli/Voice of Treebeard
Bernard Hill    King Theoden
Christopher Lee    Saruman
Billy Boyd    Pippin
Dominic Monaghan    Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Orlando Bloom    Legolas Greenleaf
Hugo Weaving    Elrond
Miranda Otto    Eowyn
David Wenham    Faramir
Brad Dourif    Wormtongue
Andy Serkis    Gollum
Karl Urban    Eomer
Craig Parker    Haldir
John Noble    Denethor
John Bach    Madril

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Peter Jackson
Executive Producer    Michael Lynne
Executive Producer    Mark Ordesky
Executive Producer    Robert Shaye
Executive Producer    Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer    Harvey Weinstein
Producer    Peter Jackson
Producer    Barrie M. Osborne
Producer    Fran Walsh
Screenwriter    Peter Jackson
Screenwriter    Fran Walsh
Screenwriter    Philippa Boyens
Screenwriter    Stephen Sinclair
Story Creator    J.R.R. Tolkien
Cinematographer    Andrew Lesnie
Production Designer    Grant Major
Composer    Howard Shore
Re-recording Mixer    Christopher Boyes

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2002/12/18 1 $26,159,972   3,622 $7,223   $26,159,972 1
2002/12/19 1 $13,878,712 -47% 3,622 $3,832   $40,038,684 2
2002/12/20 1 $19,224,340 +39% 3,622 $5,308   $59,263,024 3
2002/12/21 1 $22,752,057 +18% 3,622 $6,282   $82,015,081 4
2002/12/22 1 $20,031,131 -12% 3,622 $5,530   $102,046,212 5
2002/12/23 1 $13,509,942 -33% 3,622 $3,730   $115,556,154 6
2002/12/24 1 $7,790,050 -42% 3,622 $2,151   $123,346,204 7
2002/12/25 1 $12,381,307 +59% 3,622 $3,418   $135,727,511 8
2002/12/26 1 $15,455,171 +25% 3,622 $4,267   $151,182,682 9
2002/12/27 1 $16,873,539 +9% 3,622 $4,659   $168,056,221 10
2002/12/28 1 $17,227,061 +2% 3,622 $4,756   $185,283,282 11
2002/12/29 1 $14,774,949 -14% 3,622 $4,079   $200,058,231 12
2002/12/30 1 $10,094,851 -32% 3,622 $2,787   $210,153,082 13
2002/12/31 1 $8,442,823 -16% 3,622 $2,331   $218,595,905 14
2003/01/01 1 $11,040,273 +31% 3,622 $3,048   $229,636,178 15
2003/01/02 1 $6,378,144 -42% 3,622 $1,761   $236,014,322 16
2003/01/03 1 $7,576,222 +19% 3,622 $2,092   $243,590,544 17
2003/01/04 1 $10,699,493 +41% 3,622 $2,954   $254,290,037 18
2003/01/05 1 $6,741,564 -37% 3,622 $1,861   $261,031,601 19
2003/01/06 1 $2,133,465 -68% 3,622 $589   $263,165,066 20
2003/01/07 1 $2,155,575 +1% 3,622 $595   $265,320,641 21
2003/01/08 2 $1,748,206 -19% 3,622 $483   $267,068,847 22
2003/01/09 2 $1,597,364 -9% 3,622 $441   $268,666,211 23
2003/01/10 3 $3,894,852 +144% 3,477 $1,120   $272,561,063 24
2003/01/11 2 $6,637,982 +70% 3,477 $1,909   $279,199,045 25
2003/01/12 1 $4,222,472 -36% 3,477 $1,214   $283,421,517 26
2003/01/13 1 $1,070,000 -75% 3,477 $308   $284,492,000 27
2003/01/14 2 $1,208,000 +13% 3,477 $347   $285,699,000 28
2003/01/15 2 $996,000 -18% 3,477 $286   $286,695,000 29
2003/01/16 2 $991,000 -1% 3,477 $285   $287,618,000 30
2003/01/17 5 $2,664,587 +169% 3,110 $857   $290,292,649 31
2003/01/18 5 $4,521,633 +70% 3,110 $1,454   $294,814,282 32
2003/01/19 4 $3,078,168 -32% 3,110 $990   $297,892,450 33
2003/01/20 3 $2,229,602 -28% 3,110 $717   $300,122,052 34
2003/01/21 2 $792,000 -64% 3,110 $255   $300,914,000 35
2003/01/22 3 $643,000 -19% 3,110 $207   $301,557,000 36
2003/01/23 3 $695,000 +8% 3,110 $223   $302,251,000 37
2003/01/24 8 $1,673,000 +141% 2,666 $628   $303,924,000 38
2003/01/25 6 $3,447,000 +106% 2,666 $1,293   $307,371,000 39
2003/01/26 4 $1,415,000 -59% 2,666 $531   $308,786,000 40
2003/01/27 4 $544,000 -62% 2,666 $204   $309,365,000 41
2003/01/28 3 $566,000 +4% 2,666 $212   $309,931,000 42
2003/01/29 4 $514,000 -9% 2,666 $193   $310,445,000 43
2003/01/30 4 $531,000 +3% 2,666 $199   $310,938,000 44
2003/01/31 8 $1,219,000 +130% 2,666 $457   $312,157,000 45
2003/02/01 8 $2,340,265 +92% 2,175 $1,076   $314,497,684 46
2003/02/02 6 $1,528,810 -35% 2,175 $703   $316,026,494 47
2003/02/03 5 $320,000 -79% 2,175 $147   $316,346,000 48
2003/02/04 5 $356,000 +11% 2,175 $164   $316,702,000 49
2003/02/05 6 $320,000 -10% 2,175 $147   $317,022,000 50
2003/02/06 7 $321,000 n/c 2,175 $148   $317,340,000 51
2003/02/07 10 $808,187 +152% 1,680 $481   $318,148,497 52
2003/02/08 10 $1,616,216 +100% 1,680 $962   $319,764,713 53
2003/02/09 8 $1,092,336 -32% 1,680 $650   $320,857,049 54
2003/02/10 9 $233,000 -79% 1,680 $139   $321,090,000 55
2003/02/11 8 $262,000 +12% 1,680 $156   $321,351,000 56
2003/02/12 9 $251,000 -4% 1,680 $149   $321,603,000 57
2003/02/13 9 $251,000 n/c 1,680 $149   $321,849,000 58
2003/02/14 11 $803,984 +220% 1,422 $565   $322,653,345 59
2003/02/15 11 $1,308,564 +63% 1,422 $920   $323,961,909 60
2003/02/16 10 $959,690 -27% 1,422 $675   $324,921,599 61
2003/02/17 9 $524,839 -45% 1,422 $369   $325,446,438 62
2003/02/18 10 $295,000 -44% 1,422 $207   $325,741,000 63
2003/02/19 10 $247,000 -16% 1,422 $174   $325,988,000 64
2003/02/20 10 $260,000 +5% 1,422 $183   $326,231,000 65
2003/02/21 12 $488,735 +88% 925 $528   $326,719,985 66
2003/02/22 12 $891,691 +82% 925 $964   $327,611,676 67
2003/02/23 12 $544,741 -39% 925 $589   $328,156,417 68
2003/02/24 11 $129,008 -76% 925 $139   $328,285,425 69
2003/02/25 11 $149,956 +16% 925 $162   $328,435,381 70
2003/02/26 11 $139,071 -7% 925 $150   $328,574,452 71
2003/02/27 11 $145,684 +5% 925 $157   $328,720,136 72
2003/02/28 11 $380,421 +161% 905 $420   $329,100,557 73
2003/03/01 11 $742,154 +95% 905 $820   $329,842,711 74
2003/03/02 11 $495,564 -33% 905 $548   $330,338,275 75
2003/05/26 - $34,574   135 $256   $338,829,378 160
2011/06/21 9 $764,607   522 $1,465   $342,548,984 3,108

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2002/12/20 1 $62,007,528   3,622 $17,120   $102,046,212 5
2002/12/27 1 $48,875,549 -21% 3,622 $13,494   $200,058,231 12
2003/01/03 1 $25,017,279 -49% 3,622 $6,907   $261,031,601 19
2003/01/10 2 $14,755,306 -41% 3,477 $4,244   $283,421,517 26
2003/01/17 5 $10,274,388 -30% 3,110 $3,304   $300,122,052 33
2003/01/24 5 $6,611,705 -36% 2,666 $2,480   $308,821,306 40
2003/01/31 7 $5,088,421 -23% 2,175 $2,340   $316,026,494 47
2003/02/07 10 $3,516,739 -31% 1,680 $2,093   $320,857,049 54
2003/02/14 12 $3,072,238 -13% 1,422 $2,161   $325,446,438 61
2003/02/21 14 $1,925,167 -37% 925 $2,081   $328,156,417 68
2003/02/28 15 $1,618,139 -16% 905 $1,788   $330,338,275 75
2003/03/07 16 $1,227,603 -24% 703 $1,746   $332,075,527 82
2003/03/14 16 $1,014,613 -17% 612 $1,658   $333,623,857 89
2003/03/21 20 $768,554 -24% 518 $1,484   $334,790,872 96
2003/03/28 19 $623,597 -19% 425 $1,467   $335,800,124 103
2003/04/04 21 $479,627 -23% 345 $1,390   $336,500,653 110
2003/04/11 25 $340,197 -29% 332 $1,025   $337,013,432 117
2003/04/18 25 $351,838 +3% 324 $1,086   $337,526,600 124
2003/04/25 28 $247,078 -30% 269 $919   $337,949,941 131
2003/05/02 32 $186,420 -25% 225 $829   $338,230,249 138
2003/05/09 32 $151,733 -19% 190 $799   $338,457,054 145
2003/05/16 33 $101,515 -33% 163 $623   $338,622,570 152
2003/05/23 33 $116,483 +15% 135 $863   $338,794,804 159
2003/05/30 32 $89,444 -23% 111 $806   $338,955,859 166
2003/06/06 34 $82,136 -8% 115 $714   $339,104,919 173
2003/06/13 38 $74,391 -9% 103 $722   $339,230,928 180
2003/06/20 39 $59,606 -20% 101 $590   $339,344,075 187
2003/06/27 37 $73,395 +23% 86 $853   $339,457,993 194
2003/07/04 45 $50,890 -31% 79 $644   $339,554,276 201
2003/07/11 47 $35,424 -30% 71 $499   $339,628,782 208
2003/07/18 52 $29,000 -18% 57 $509   $339,687,608 215
2003/07/25 59 $22,680 -22% 32 $709   $339,734,454 222
2003/08/08 88 $7,792   13 $599   $339,772,508 236
2003/08/15 92 $5,105 -34% 10 $511   $339,781,747 243
2003/08/22 95 $4,700 -8% 8 $588   $339,787,500 250
2003/12/12 15 $727,645   126 $5,775   $340,515,145 362

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
11/28/20109134,602 134,602$2,152,285$2,152,285379
12/5/20101540,343-70% 174,945$645,078$2,797,363380
1/6/20131819,825 385,571$197,058$4,890,901489

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