|Dec 19, 2001||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||$109,000,000||$47,211,490||$315,544,750||$887,217,688|
|Dec 18, 2002||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||$94,000,000||$62,007,528||$342,548,984||$934,703,179|
|Dec 17, 2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||$94,000,000||$72,629,713||$377,845,905||$1,141,408,667|
|Dec 14, 2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||$250,000,000||$84,617,303||$303,003,568||$1,017,003,568||Play|
|Dec 13, 2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||$250,000,000||$73,645,197||$258,366,855||$960,366,855||Play|
|Dec 17, 2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||$250,000,000||$54,724,334||$255,119,788||$955,119,788||Play|
Box Office History for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Movies
|Mar 19, 2013||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||$35,761,286||$86,241,274||$122,002,560|
|Apr 8, 2014||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||$42,406,867||$61,984,857||$104,391,724|
|Mar 24, 2015||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||$27,528,267||$46,900,017||$74,428,284|
June 6th, 2016
The Shannara Chronicles is a TV series based on the fantasy book series by Terry Brooks. The series of books has been going for nearly 40 years and has quite a following. It is also co-created and written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who helped bring Smallville to the small screen. That's enough to be at least a little hopeful. Can the series live up to its pedigree? Or is it wasted potential?
November 27th, 2015
It's Thanksgiving weekend, which means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course the first installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. This week we will tackle first run releases, as well as franchise box sets. I'm going to try to keep it to a dozen or so releases, as these columns are notorious for getting out of hand. Also, while there were a record number of $1 billion box office hits, there were not as many first run releases that earned stellar reviews this year.
November 17th, 2015
It's an off week of sorts. The biggest release is extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In fact, there are five versions of this film that are near the top of the list. There are not a lot of other first-run releases on this week's list, which means we have to look to the classics for potential Pick of the Week contenders. Fortunately, there are plenty of those worth picking up. Leading the way is The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on Blu-ray. It is expensive, but you get a lot for your money. There is another top-notch release this week, Rush - R40 Live on DVD or Blu-ray, which wins the coveted Puck of the Week for best Canadian release.
March 24th, 2015
There are three $100 million theatrical hits arriving on the home market this week, which is amazing. However, that's really all that's coming out this week. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the biggest of these three hits, but it wasn't the best. The best is Into the Woods and given the lack of competition, the DVD or Blu-ray is the Pick of the Week.
January 25th, 2015
Open Windows is an English-language, Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey. Elijah Wood was part of one of the biggest franchises ever, but since then he plays in mostly smaller movies, most of which struggle to find an audience in theaters. For instance, he was really good in Grand Piano. Is this another great film that deserves to be discovered on the home market? Or is there a legitimate reason it struggled in theaters?
December 21st, 2014
After thirteen years (with a lengthy break in the middle), Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth Saga finally comes to an end this weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Tolkein/Jackson fans are giving the franchise a rousing farewell, with $50 million expected this weekend and $90 million in total after five days. Comparisons are a little difficult, because the previous Hobbit installments opened on Fridays, but Desolation of Smaug racked up $86 million in its first five days and An Unexpected Journey hit $100 million on its fifth day in release. So this outing seems set to perform similarly overall, with $250 million – $300 million domestically and around $1 billion worldwide. That will solidify the franchise as the fourth-most successful in history, and if it can top $1.079 billion in this outing, it will be the only franchise ever to average more than $1 billion globally per film.
December 1st, 2014
November is over and there are not a lot of positive things to say about what happened during the month. There were a couple of films that matched expectations, but there were no breakout hits and a few that missed expectations by wide margins. Granted, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will top $300 million with relative ease, but that's still nearly $100 million lower than some people were predicting. The month ends with 2014 about $300 million behind 2013's pace and there's really no chance to catch up in December. That doesn't mean there are no films that will be worth watching in December. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies should at least earn $200 million, while $300 million is not out of the question. Additionally, there are several films that at least have a shot at $100 million at the box office, but not all will get there. At least this December and last December are on par with each other. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug topped $250 million while there were three others that topped $100 million. I think we will get the same result this month. Last year there were a lot more wide releases, but many of them bombed. I think this year the lack of competition will help more films reach their potential.
November 7th, 2013
It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray.
September 22nd, 2013
Last week I unveiled our new People Records section and talked about some of top performers across different types of acting, from the blockbusting superstars to the unsung heroes, to the cameo kings and queens. We've added some more charts to the record section this week, this time covering technical roles, and once more there's a lot of data to be mined.
June 16th, 2013
2013 has been a nervous time for Warner Bros.. After six straight years as the number one or number two domestic distributor, the studio's main franchise breadwinners, Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Hangover are all coming to an end or already played out. They are running in third place for the year to date, and badly need a new money spinner if they are to avoid lean times in 2015 and beyond. This weekend they got their knight in shining armor, or, more accurately, Man of Steel. The reboot of the venerable Superman franchise will open this weekend with $113.08 million, a new record weekend in June and a huge shot in the arm for the studio.
January 3rd, 2013
We are still stuck with studio estimates, but it is clear The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey repeated on the top of the international box office chart this past weekend. It earned $106.5 million in 62 markets for totals of $464 million internationally and $686 million worldwide. Its biggest opening of the weekend was from Australia where it earned $18.6 million on 560 screens. This is the biggest opening in the franchise. It also remained strong in Germany with $17.17 million on 888 screens over the weekend, which represented an 11% increase and pushed its total to $61.14 million after three weeks of release. It was also able to earn more than $10 million in the U.K. with $11.18 million on 596 screens over the weekend for a total of $58.51 million after three weeks of release. The film has yet to open in a few markets, so getting to $1 billion worldwide is still the main target.
December 17th, 2012
In a result that surprised absolutely no one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned first place on top of the chart this weekend. It earned more than the entire box office earned last weekend leading to a 70% increase week-over-week to $136 million. Compared to last year, the box office was 15% higher, as The Hobbit made more than last year's three wide releases opened with combined. Year-to-date, 2012 has earned $10.19 billion, which is 6.1% higher than last year's pace. Additionally, the year is about $100 million away from topping 2011's final tally. It should have no trouble surpassing that total some time over the weekend. On the other hand, it is still far behind the record set by 2009.
December 16th, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of the most-keenly anticipated films of 2012, and its opening weekend hasn't disappointed. Warner Bros. is projecting an $84.775 millioon opening weekend, which is comfortably the biggest December weekend of all time. The film also, unsurprisingly, takes the record for biggest day in December. Tempering the celebrations a little is the fact that it will most likely be only the 37th-biggest opening weekend. However, a mid-December opening gives the film a chance to play through the long Holiday weekends to come. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings franchise films have enjoyed multipliers of between 5 and 6 on their opening weekend, which makes The Hobbit a very good bet for a final tally of $350 million, and $400 million can't be ruled out at this stage.
December 13th, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens this weekend and it will clearly be the biggest hit of the month and likely the biggest hit of the winter. There is roughly a 100% chance that The Hobbit will earn first place and nearly all analysts think it will earn more than the entire box office earned last week. It might even earn more than the entire box office made last year. Last year, the box office was led by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which made just under $40 million, while second place went to Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked with just over $23 million. If The Hobbit doesn't make more than those two films made combined, then the box office is in serious trouble.
December 1st, 2012
November was a strong month and left 2012 with a very easy path to a new all time record. There was only one major miss the entire month, Rise of the Guardians, while The Silver Linings Playbook was pulled from wide release at the last minute, so it is a little hard to judge its box office performance. On the positive side, Skyfall might top original expectations by $100 million. All this December has to do is maintain pace with last December to ensure 2012 sets the new record. I would like to say that will be easy to do, but I really don't know. Last year, there was only one $200 million hit, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, plus a few others that reached $100 million, so the bar isn't set too high. This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to at least come close to $300 million. Some think it will earn more than $400 million. However, it could also be the last film to make $100 million till February. December is normally a very good month to release a film, but the release schedule is so messed up that it makes it very hard to predict what will happen. There appears to be just ten films opening truly wide this month (I'm getting mixed signals on a few of them). That's a really light schedule for a month and a light schedule tends to help maximize the box office potential for individual films. However, eight of these films open wide within a seven-day period. That's insane. There's no way all of those films will find an audience and there's a chance that due to the competition, none of them will. Let's hope the situation isn't as bad as that, but there are some serious reasons to be concerned for most new releases coming out this month.
Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|Elijah Wood||4||Frodo Baggins||$3,980,333,102||$6,335,937,506||62.8%|
|Ian Holm||4||Old Bilbo||$4,000,749,711||$6,448,269,321||62.0%|
|Dominic Monaghan||3||Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck||$2,963,329,534||$3,339,763,762||88.7%|
|Timothy Bartlett||3||Master Worrywort||$2,859,341,044||$2,859,341,044||100.0%|
|Stephen Fry||2||Master of Laketown||$1,915,486,643||$4,399,892,073||43.5%|
|Brian Sergent||2||Ted Sandyman||$1,847,584,543||$1,847,584,543||100.0%|
|Sarah Peirse||2||Hilda Bianca||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.
|J.R.R. Tolkien||6||Story Creator (6)||$5,895,819,745||$5,895,819,745||100.0%|
|Andrew Lesnie||6||Cinematographer (6)||$5,895,819,745||$7,960,202,949||74.1%|
|Howard Shore||6||Composer (6)||$5,895,819,745||$10,672,011,442||55.2%|
|Christopher Boyes||6||Re-recording Mixer (6)||$5,895,819,745||$32,205,585,583||18.3%|
Assistant Director (3)
Costume Designer (4)
Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Makeup (1)
Special Make up Effects-Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Make up (1)
|John Hubbard||4||Casting Director (4)||$3,819,707,899||$6,947,496,510||55.0%|
|Mark Ordesky||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$3,061,856,422||96.8%|
|Guillermo Del Toro||3||Screenwriter (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,611,799,428||52.3%|
|Robert Shaye||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$3,051,225,774||97.1%|
|Michael Lynne||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$3,267,216,973||90.7%|
|Barrie M. Osborne||3||Producer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$4,426,571,253||66.9%|
|Bob Weinstein||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$13,944,651,108||21.3%|
|Harvey Weinstein||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$13,943,513,775||21.3%|
|Alan Horn||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Ken Kamins||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$4,035,507,625||72.7%|
|Carolyn Blackwood||3||Executive Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Grant Major||3||Production Designer (3)||$2,963,329,534||$4,422,748,845||67.0%|
|Jabez Olssen||3||Editor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$3,577,902,016||82.0%|
|Eileen Moran||3||Co-Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
Production Designer (2)
Set Decorator (1)
Unit Production Manager (2)
|Amy Hubbard||3||U.K. Casting by (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,935,530,015||99.9%|
U.S. Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
|Joe Letteri||3||Senior Visual Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$9,222,934,642||31.8%|
U.S. Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
New Zealand Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
|Bob Buck||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$3,096,966,382||94.7%|
|Ann Maskrey||3||Costume Designer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,940,491,437||99.7%|
|David Clayton||3||Animation Supervisor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
Casting (Australia) (2)
Additional Casting (1)
|Matthew Dravitzki||3||Associate Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Amanda Walker||3||Associate Producer (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Eric Saindon||3||Visual Effects Supervisor (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,830,164,535||50.3%|
|David Farmer||3||Sound Designer (3)||$2,802,704,331||$4,017,715,024||69.8%|
|Glenn Boswell||3||Stunt Coordinator (3)||$2,932,490,211||$5,936,739,142||49.4%|
|Mark Atkin||3||scale double - Thorin Oakenshield (3)||$2,932,490,211||$2,932,490,211||100.0%|
|Toby Emmerich||2||Executive Producer (2)||$1,977,370,423||$8,268,073,683||23.9%|
Additional Casting (1)
Casting Director-New Zealand Casting (1)
|Brigitte Yorke||2||Unit Production Manager (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Andy Serkis||2||Second Unit Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Brent Burge||2||Supervising Sound Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,325,372,421||82.4%|
Sound Designer (1)
Sound Editor (1)
|Michael Hedges||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$3,668,070,679||52.2%|
|Michael Semanick||2||Re-recording Mixer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$13,268,600,150||14.4%|
|Mark Willsher||2||Music Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
Dialogue Editor (1)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
|Simon Bright||2||Supervising Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$5,466,216,223||35.0%|
|Andy McLaren||2||Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$4,699,405,625||40.8%|
|Brad Mill||2||Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,018,024,542||94.9%|
|Joshua Levinson||2||Post-Production Supervisor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,637,309,986||72.6%|
|Brian Massey||2||Art Director (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Tony Johnson||2||Sound Mixer (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,262,360,614||84.7%|
|Martin Kwok||2||Dialogue Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,112,918,990||90.7%|
|Ray Beentjes||2||Dialogue Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$2,018,024,542||94.9%|
|Matt Stutter||2||Dialogue Editor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|
|Stephanie Weststrate||2||Production Supervisor (2)||$1,915,486,643||$1,915,486,643||100.0%|