$312 Million 7 Day Total For 'Return Of The King'

New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King continues to triumph in theaters around the world, earning $312 million in its first week of release. Internationally, the final film in Peter Jackson's motion picture trilogy grossed $162 million, sailing past the first week of last year's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 42%. Domestically, 'The Return of the King' earned $150 million in 3,702 theaters in its first seven days, a 22% leap from last year.

"This film's incredible strength in its first week of release is a testament to both the universality of Peter Jackson's storytelling and moviegoers' powerful connection with these characters," said New Line Cinemas Rolf Mittweg. "It is tremendously encouraging to see the final film in this extraordinary trilogy perform so far beyond expectations, and we are excited to expand the release into ten new countries this weekend."

Internationally, 'The Return of the King' opened on 7,403 screens in 28 territories, breaking records in numerous countries, including Austria, Germany and the UK. The film expands into the United Arab Emirates today, and into South America on Christmas Day. On December 26, 'The Return of the King' will be playing in 38 territories when it opens in Australia and Iceland.

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Facts
$312 M7-dayWorldwide gross
$162 M7-dayInt'l gross; all time highest
$150 M7-dayUS gross
$250 M5-dayWorldwide gross; all-time biggest 5-day opening
$125 M5-dayUS gross; 3rd highest of all time
$125 M5-dayInt'l gross; all-time highest
$ 34 M1-dayUS opening day gross in 3,702 theaters; highest Wednesday opening of all time.
$23.5 M1-dayInt'l opening day gross
$8 M US midnight grosses in 2100 theaters
$4.5 M Int'l midnight gross - 9 territories
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Facts
$123 M7-dayUS gross
$113 M7-dayInt'l gross
$102 M5-dayUS opening gross
$99.8 M5-dayInt'l opening gross (27 markets)
$26 M1-dayUS opening day gross (3rd highest Wednesday opening of all time)
$62 M3-dayUS 3-day gross (3622 theaters)
$102 M5-dayUS 5-day gross
$921 M Worldwide cumulative gross (to date)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Facts
$75.1 M5-dayUS opening gross (3359 theaters)
$18.2 M1-dayUS opening day gross
$47 M3-dayUS 3-day gross
$75 M5-dayUS 5-day gross
$865M Worldwide cumulative gross (to date)

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