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Box Office History for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Movies

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Release DateMovieProduction
Budget
Domestic
Opening
Weekend
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Trailer
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
 
 Totals$1,047,000,000 $1,852,429,850$5,895,819,745 
 Averages$174,500,000$65,805,928$308,738,308$982,636,624 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Domestic
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Mar 19, 2013 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $35,478,207 $86,140,614 $121,618,821
Apr 8, 2014 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $41,971,572 $61,878,896 $103,850,468
Mar 24, 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $26,956,944 $46,457,028 $73,413,972
 
 Totals$104,406,723$194,476,538$298,883,261
 Averages$34,802,241$64,825,513$99,627,754

2015 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part I

November 27th, 2015

MCU Phase 2

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. More...

Home Market Releases for November 17th, 2015

November 17th, 2015

Rush: R40 Live

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. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 24th, 2015

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. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Open Windows

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? More...

Weekend Estimates: Hobbit Enjoys $50 Million Swansong

December 21st, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

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. More...

2014 Preview: December

December 1st, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster

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. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 5th, 2013

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. More...

Analysis: That Music You Hear? It's Probably By Hans Zimmer

September 22nd, 2013


Top-grossing people in technical roles

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. More...

Weekend Estimates: Man of Steel Posts Biggest June Weekend

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. More...

International Box Office: Hobbit Rules Weekend, Skyfall Cracks $1 Billion

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. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Hobbit Stands Tall

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. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hobbit Sets Out with $84.775 Million

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.

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Weekend Predictions: The Hobbit Looks to Tower Over Competition

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. More...

2012 Preview: December

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. More...

Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Movies
RoleFranchise
Worldwide
Box Office
Career
Worldwide
Box Office
Franchise
/
Career
Ian McKellen 6 Gandalf $5,895,819,745 $9,577,519,188 61.6%
Cate Blanchett 6 Galadriel $5,895,819,745 $10,028,480,882 58.8%
Orlando Bloom 5 Legolas $4,878,816,177 $8,619,927,977 56.6%
Hugo Weaving 5 Elrond $4,935,452,890 $11,039,606,607 44.7%
Elijah Wood 4 Frodo Baggins $3,980,333,102 $6,326,157,127 62.9%
Ian Holm 4 Old Bilbo $4,000,749,711 $6,445,552,395 62.1%
Andy Serkis 4 Gollum $3,980,333,102 $10,187,025,674 39.1%
Martin Freeman 3 Bilbo $2,932,490,211 $3,846,390,393 76.2%
Liv Tyler 3 Arwen $2,963,329,534 $4,056,634,216 73.0%
Richard Armitage 3 Thorin $2,932,490,211 $3,460,128,295 84.8%
Viggo Mortensen 3 Aragorn $2,963,329,534 $4,025,635,364 73.6%
Sean Astin 3 Sam $2,963,329,534 $3,858,709,061 76.8%
Ken Stott 3 Balin $2,932,490,211 $3,778,037,353 77.6%
John Rhys-Davies 3 Gimli $2,963,329,534 $4,459,534,375 66.4%
James Nesbitt 3 Bofur $2,932,490,211 $3,005,700,575 97.6%
Billy Boyd 3 Pippin $2,963,329,534 $3,203,203,918 92.5%
Dominic Monaghan 3 Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck $2,963,329,534 $3,339,763,762 88.7%
Christopher Lee 3 Saruman $2,777,040,655 $7,341,401,867 37.8%
William Kircher 3 Bifur $2,932,490,211 $2,933,221,978 100.0%
Graham McTavish 3 Dwalin $2,932,490,211 $3,700,721,831 79.2%
Stephen Hunter 3 Bombur $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
John Callen 3 Oin $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Jed Brophy 3 Nori $2,932,490,211 $3,144,954,352 93.2%
Dean O'Gorman 3 Fili $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Lee Pace 3 Thranduil $2,932,490,211 $5,010,681,289 58.5%
Adam Brown 3 Ori $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Aidan Turner 3 Kili $2,932,490,211 $3,008,455,778 97.5%
Mark Hadlow 3 Dori $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Peter Hambleton 3 Gloin $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Benedict Cumberbatch 3 Smaug/Necromancer $2,932,490,211 $4,837,075,633 60.6%
Lawrence Makoare 3 Lurtz $2,988,993,210 $3,421,280,152 87.4%
Sylvester McCoy 3 Radagast $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Manu Bennett 3 Azog $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Stephen Ure 3 Fimbul/Grinnah $2,864,588,111 $3,585,127,683 79.9%
Timothy Bartlett 3 Master Worrywort $2,859,341,044 $2,859,341,044 100.0%
Bernard Hill 2 Theoden $2,076,111,846 $4,897,894,246 42.4%
Evangeline Lilly 2 Tauriel $1,915,486,643 $2,862,309,152 66.9%
Miranda Otto 2 Eowyn $2,076,111,846 $3,183,316,682 65.2%
David Wenham 2 Faramir $2,076,111,846 $3,973,583,327 52.2%
Luke Evans 2 Bard $1,915,486,643 $5,322,170,123 36.0%
Sean Bean 2 Boromir $2,028,626,355 $5,611,913,421 36.1%
Karl Urban 2 Eomer $2,076,111,846 $4,032,666,636 51.5%
Craig Parker 2 Haldir $1,821,920,867 $1,821,920,867 100.0%
John Noble 2 Denethor $2,076,111,846 $2,098,182,155 98.9%
Marton Csokas 2 Celeborn $2,028,626,355 $5,523,270,333 36.7%
Stephen Fry 2 Master of Laketown $1,915,486,643 $4,093,605,235 46.8%
John Bell 2 Bain $1,915,486,643 $2,525,974,954 75.8%
John Bach 2 Madril $2,076,111,846 $2,493,453,134 83.3%
Sala Baker 2 Sauron $2,028,626,355 $2,403,025,022 84.4%
Ryan Gage 2 Alfrid $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Mikael Persbrandt 2 Beorn $1,915,486,643 $1,931,413,008 99.2%
Peggy Nesbitt 2 Sigrid $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Mary Nesbitt 2 Tilda $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Conan Stevens 2 Bolg $1,972,123,356 $2,061,027,318 95.7%
Brian Sergent 2 Ted Sandyman $1,847,584,543 $1,847,584,543 100.0%
Mark Mitchinson 2 Braga $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Simon London 2 Feren $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Kelly Kilgour 2 Soury $1,915,486,643 $4,699,405,625 40.8%
Sarah Peirse 2 Hilda Bianca $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Nick Blake 2 Percy $1,915,486,643 $2,127,940,074 90.0%
Allan Smith 2 Ragash $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.

PersonNr. of
Movies
Technical RoleFranchise
Worldwide
Box Office
Career
Worldwide
Box Office
Franchise
/
Career
Peter Jackson 6 Director (6)
Screenwriter (6)
Producer (6)
$5,895,819,745 $7,150,086,518 82.5%
Fran Walsh 6 Screenwriter (6)
Producer (6)
$5,895,819,745 $6,541,548,297 90.1%
J.R.R. Tolkien 6 Based on the Novel by (6) $5,895,819,745 $5,895,819,745 100.0%
Philippa Boyens 6 Screenwriter (6)
Co-Producer (3)
$5,895,819,745 $6,753,598,987 87.3%
Andrew Lesnie 6 Director of Photography (6) $5,895,819,745 $7,959,945,830 74.1%
Howard Shore 6 Music Compsed, Orchestrated & Conducted by (6) $5,895,819,745 $10,666,049,706 55.3%
Christopher Boyes 6 Re-recording Mixer (6) $5,895,819,745 $31,819,347,616 18.5%
Carolynne Cunningham 4 Assistant Director (3)
Producer (3)
$3,819,707,899 $4,772,742,626 80.0%
Richard Taylor 4 Costume Designer (4)
Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Makeup (1)
Special Make up Effects-Armour, Weapons, Creatures and Special Make up (1)
$3,819,707,899 $7,154,144,238 53.4%
John Hubbard 4 U.K. Casting by (4) $3,819,707,899 $6,945,760,169 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 $5,602,329,743 52.3%
Robert Shaye 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,963,329,534 $3,050,369,332 97.1%
Michael Lynne 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,963,329,534 $3,242,166,950 91.4%
Barrie M. Osborne 3 Producer (3) $2,963,329,534 $3,500,743,630 84.6%
Bob Weinstein 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,963,329,534 $13,934,719,429 21.3%
Harvey Weinstein 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,963,329,534 $13,933,582,096 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 $4,035,421,631 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 $3,893,313,603 76.1%
Jabez Olssen 3 Editor (3) $2,932,490,211 $3,577,816,022 82.0%
Eileen Moran 3 Co-Producer (3) $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
Dan Hennah 3 Production Designer (2)
Set Decorator (1)
$2,864,588,111 $3,517,643,367 81.4%
Zane Weiner 3 Producer (3)
Unit Production Manager (2)
$2,932,490,211 $2,965,912,696 98.9%
Amy Hubbard 3 U.K. Casting by (3) $2,932,490,211 $2,935,530,015 99.9%
Victoria Burrows 3 U.S. Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
$2,932,490,211 $5,653,311,191 51.9%
Joe Letteri 3 Senior Visual Effects Supervisor (3) $2,932,490,211 $8,952,975,697 32.8%
Scot Boland 3 U.S. Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
$2,932,490,211 $4,509,685,428 65.0%
Liz Mullane 3 New Zealand Casting by (2)
Additional Casting (1)
$2,932,490,211 $3,680,403,546 79.7%
Ann Maskrey 3 Costume Designer (3) $2,932,490,211 $2,933,368,109 100.0%
Bob Buck 3 Costume Designer (3) $2,932,490,211 $3,096,943,098 94.7%
Ann Robinson 3 Casting (Australia) (2)
Additional Casting (1)
$2,932,490,211 $3,638,047,081 80.6%
David Clayton 3 Animation Supervisor (3) $2,932,490,211 $2,932,490,211 100.0%
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 $5,716,409,193 51.3%
David Farmer 3 Sound Designer (3) $2,802,704,331 $4,017,599,897 69.8%
Glenn Boswell 3 Stunt Coordinator (3) $2,932,490,211 $5,936,442,419 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 $7,732,609,806 25.6%
Jamie Selkirk 2 Editor (1)
Co-Producer (1)
$2,028,626,355 $2,579,143,712 78.7%
Miranda Rivers 2 Additional Casting (1)
Casting Director-New Zealand Casting (1)
$1,915,486,643 $1,916,879,972 99.9%
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 $2,325,286,427 82.4%
Dave Whitehead 2 Sound Designer (1)
Sound Editor (1)
$1,915,486,643 $3,090,474,525 62.0%
Michael Hedges 2 Re-recording Mixer (2) $1,915,486,643 $3,667,984,685 52.2%
Michael Semanick 2 Re-recording Mixer (2) $1,915,486,643 $12,980,689,581 14.8%
Mark Willsher 2 Music Editor (2) $1,915,486,643 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
Jason Canovas 2 Dialogue Editor (1)
Supervising Sound Editor (1)
$1,915,486,643 $2,421,489,136 79.1%
Simon Bright 2 Supervising Art Director (2) $1,915,486,643 $5,352,460,881 35.8%
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 $1,915,486,643 100.0%
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 $2,148,605,272 89.2%
Martin Kwok 2 Dialogue Editor (2) $1,915,486,643 $2,112,832,996 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%