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Robust holiday weekend at international boxoffice

30 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With Christmas falling on a Thursday this year, a happy four days was enjoyed by international moviegoers, a celebration dominated by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with other films getting a chance to share in some of the holiday largesse. It was, however, a runaway for Return of the King, which pulled in an estimated $83 million for the Friday-to-Sunday frame from 11,700 screens in 38 markets. The hefty weekend take raised the offshore cume for the final episode of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy to $270 million in 12 days, estimated to be 27% ahead of last year's The Two Towers and 73% more than the inaugural The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. The closest competitor to King was the Walt Disney Co./Pixar's Finding Nemo, with a $26.3 million weekend. In addition, such titles as Love Actually, Scary Movie 3, Freaky Friday, Brother Bear, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Peter Pan got pieces of the holiday action. »

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Final 'Lord of Rings' entry emerges as the true 'King'

23 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"It was better than we thought", said an exultant Camela Galano, president of New Line International, as she raised the weekend estimate of $121 million to a conclusive $124.9 million for the triumphant opening in 28 offshore markets of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final episode of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. After the weekend figures were calculated on Monday morning, Galano and her staff statisticians estimated -- taking into account currency fluctuations -- that the last Rings entry was truly the King, bowing roughly 90% better than the initial The Fellowship of the Ring and 40% ahead of The Two Towers. Not only was the full opening take of $124.9 million an all-time industry record in the international market, but all-time opening marks were set almost everywhere for three- to five-day openings. »

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'King' cha-ching: $246.1 mil global tally breaks record

23 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the weekend before Christmas, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vanquished the orcs of doubt as it shattered boxoffice records the world over with its theatrical debut, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $246.1 million in five days. King easily took the domestic boxoffice crown with an estimated weekend of $73.6 million, and $125.1 million since its Wednesday release, crossing the $100 million mark in four days while single handedly generating 55% of the total for the top 12 films this session. Internationally, the third film in the epic trilogy tallied a record $121 million from 28 territories. The combined grosses for King marks the biggest worldwide opening in history, besting the $202.8 million racked up worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in its first five days. The feat is all the more impressive considering King's three-plus-hour running time. The opening for the PG-13-rated King proved to be the best of the trilogy. The final film in the epic fantasy actioner, helmed by Peter Jackson and based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, handily beat the $62 million domestic weekend gross of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 24% as well as the $102 million garnered by Towers in its first five days. The first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $94 million in its first seven days. »

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'King' cha-ching: $246.1 mil global tally breaks record

22 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the weekend before Christmas, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vanquished the orcs of doubt as it shattered boxoffice records the world over with its theatrical debut, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $246.1 million in five days. King easily took the domestic boxoffice crown with an estimated weekend of $73.6 million, and $125.1 million since its Wednesday release, crossing the $100 million mark in four days while single handedly generating 55% of the total for the top 12 films this session. Internationally, the third film in the epic trilogy tallied a record $121 million from 28 territories. The combined grosses for King marks the biggest worldwide opening in history, besting the $202.8 million racked up worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in its first five days. The feat is all the more impressive considering King's three-plus-hour running time. The opening for the PG-13-rated King proved to be the best of the trilogy. The final film in the epic fantasy actioner, helmed by Peter Jackson and based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, handily beat the $62 million domestic weekend gross of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 24% as well as the $102 million garnered by Towers in its first five days. The first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $94 million in its first seven days. »

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New int'l boxoffice 'King': Third outing nets $121 mil

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King circled an estimated record $121 million in overseas boxoffice in its first five days, marking the biggest international debut in history. The sensational tally of King surpassed the $119 million generated by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in November. The King boxoffice performance is all the more impressive considering Revolutions was released in 107 territories with 10,013 prints, as compared with 28 territories and 7,400 prints for King. The international debut of King was 21% better than The Two Towers, the second film in the trilogy, which picked up $99.8 million in its first five days of international release in 26 countries and 6,450 screens a year earlier. "We're overwhelmed by the results, and we couldn't be happier. We expected to open big, but this is beyond our expectations -- especially with the film's 3 1/2-hour running time," a jubilant Camela Galano, president of New Line International, said. »

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'King' collects $73.6 million in opening weekend

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Movie audiences shelled out a king's ransom for one last trip to Middle-earth. New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King raked in an estimated $73.6 million in its first weekend and put up a five-day haul of about $125.1 million since debuting Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. That put it well ahead of the fantasy trilogy's first two chapters. Part one, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $47.2 million over opening weekend and $75 million in its first five days, while the middle chapter, The Two Towers, had a $62 million opening weekend and took in $102 million over its first five days. Sony's Julia Roberts starrer Mona Lisa Smile, the weekend's only other new wide release, opened as the No. 2 movie with an estimated $12 million. Last weekend's top movie, Sony's Something's Gotta Give, slipped to third with an estimated $11.5 million. Warners' Tom Cruise starrer The Last Samurai was fourth with an estimated $7.3 million. Fox's Stuck on You rounded out the weekend top five with an estimated $5.4 million. Final figures will be released Monday. »

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'King' cha-ching: $246.1 mil global tally breaks record

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the weekend before Christmas, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King vanquished the orcs of doubt as it shattered boxoffice records the world over with its theatrical debut, taking in a staggering worldwide total of $246.1 million in five days. King easily took the domestic boxoffice crown with an estimated weekend of $73.6 million, and $125.1 million since its Wednesday release, crossing the $100 million mark in four days while single handedly generating 55% of the total for the top 12 films this session. Internationally, the third film in the epic trilogy tallied a record $121 million from 28 territories. The combined grosses for King marks the biggest worldwide opening in history, besting the $202.8 million racked up worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions in its first five days. The feat is all the more impressive considering King's three-plus-hour running time. The opening for the PG-13-rated King proved to be the best of the trilogy. The final film in the epic fantasy actioner, helmed by Peter Jackson and based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, handily beat the $62 million domestic weekend gross of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by 24% as well as the $102 million garnered by Towers in its first five days. The first film in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, grossed $94 million in its first seven days. »

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Peter Jackson Justifies Cutting Lee from 'Return of the King'

18 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King director Peter Jackson has hit back at Christopher Lee's claims he discovered he'd been cut from the third movie on an internet website. The veteran Britain was left fuming after all his scenes as Saruman in Return Of The King - including a dramatic death sequence - were left on the cutting room floor. He said recently, "The only reason I'm able to say this is because it was on the internet and has been for some days. I only heard recently. Of course I am very shocked, that's all I can say. If you want to know why you would have to ask the company New Line or director Peter Jackson and his associates because I still don't really know why." But Jackson insists the 81-year-old was warned in advance, and blames petitioning fans - 44,000 of whom signed calling for him to be reinstated - for whipping up a frenzy. The movie-maker says, "Everything I've read on the 'net is completely wrong. There were phone calls, faxes. He's fine, but he's got a web site with fans who've started a petition, which I don't think is necessarily in h is best interest. I don't think for a second it was Christopher that drove that. I think it was just fans. It just brings a lot of publicity to it. He's not really feeling that way, but his fans are fighting the battle and it brings a lot of unnecessary publicity to it. But the scene's great and it will be on the DVD and everyone will get a chance to see it." Jackson also justifies his decision to axe Lee's scenes - insisting the seven-minute death scene was originally intended for second film The Two Towers, and only considered for Return Of The King if there was room in the final cut. Jackson adds, "It was never in The Return Of The King. The Saruman scene was one of many scenes we cut. The longer the film was, the less strong it got because you felt like you'd been there for too long and it lost its impact." »

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McKellen To Join 'King Kong'?

28 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings legend Sir Ian McKellen is eager to reunite with director Peter Jackson on the set of upcoming remake King Kong, after the film-maker hinted there was a role for him. Jackson has reportedly signed up his Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers star Andy Serkis for a lead role in the highly-anticipated movie, and now McKellen is desperate to join the project. And according the veteran actor, Jackson has already implied a part is available if he wants it. He says, "He did say he might have something for me to do in King Kong, and I hope that's true." Shooting on the film, starring Naomi Watts in the role made famous by Fay Wray, is due to begin next year. »

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Warners reclaims 5-day record

13 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a game of revision and counter-revision, the title holder for the biggest worldwide opening in history -- which has passed during the past few days from New Line Cinema to Warner Bros. Pictures and then back to New Line -- is once again in the Warners camp. At the center of the intramural title bout -- both studios are under the Time Warner umbrella -- are the respective openings of Warners' The Matrix Revolutions and New Line's 2002 feature The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. After adding in some late-arriving international grosses, Warners is now claiming victory for Revolutions, which has amassed $202.8 million in its first five days of release. That puts it slightly ahead of Towers, which racked up $201.9 million in its first five days. »

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The whole world's a stage for 'Matrix Revolutions'

11 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions exploded on the world stage with a staggering five-day worldwide cume of $201.4 million since its day-and-date, hour-to-hour release last Wednesday. It marks the second-biggest gross for a worldwide debut after New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which brought in $201.9 million worldwide from Wednesday through the end of its first weekend in release. The adventures of Neo and his band of believers in the third and final installment of the Matrix trilogy, co-produced with Village Roadshow, was released worldwide on a record 18,000 prints in 109 markets around the globe. The international portion of that worldwide gross was a record for the industry with $117.6 million, topping Two Towers' $99.8 million. But the North American side of Revolutions' boxoffice was decidedly more subdued with a weekend gross of $48.5 million, and $83.8 million since its hour-to-hour release last Wednesday. It fell well short of Reloaded's $91.8 million weekend take as well as the second film's four-day total of $134.3 million. While Reloaded benefited from a four-year wait, as opposed to Revolutions' six-month window, the latter's bow was the fourth-biggest debut ever for an R-rated film and the seventh largest in November. A film that made some surprisingly big waves at the boxoffice this past weekend was New Line's Elf, the Jon Favreau-directed film starring Will Ferrell. The comedy sleighed the second spot with a sterling $31.1 million on its debut, much higher than the low- to mid-$20 million that was projected for the frame. »

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Otto boards flight on Fox's 'Phoenix' redo

28 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lord of the Rings veteran Miranda Otto is in negotiations to star opposite Dennis Quaid in the 20th Century Fox remake of The Flight of the Phoenix. Otto will play a geologist in the action thriller, which is being directed by John Moore. The original 1965 Phoenix revolved around a plane crash in a North African sandstorm and the efforts of the crew to build a plane from the wreckage. The updated version represents a reinvention of the original, with contemporary circumstances set in the Mongolian desert. John Davis, Bill Aldrich and Alex Blum are producing Phoenix, while Fox's Emma Watts is overseeing the project for division topper Hutch Parker. Otto, who most recently appeared in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, returns to the big screen Dec. 17 in the final installment of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. She also appears in the upcoming comedy Danny Deckchair. Otto is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Sydney-based Shanahan Management. »

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'Lord of the Rings' Stars Tussle Over Trinket

6 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood is fuming after discovering he's not the only cast-member with the fabled gold band from the sci-fi trilogy. Wood, who was given one of the bands used in the film, was furious when he discovered co-star Andy Serkis was also presented a replica ring by director Peter Jackson after reshooting some crucial scenes for the final film Return Of The King this year. And now, in a move which mirrors the dramatic tussle between Wood's character Frodo and Serkis' creepy Gollum in second installment The Two Towers, the pair are planning to fight over the second trinket. Co-star Dominic Monaghan says, "They gave Elijah the ring at the end of the first film and then they gave Andy Serkis the ring at the end of refilming this year and Elijah was really, really annoyed. Gollum and Frodo got one each - they have to fight for it." Wood, Monaghan and fellow Hobbits Sean Astin and Billy Boyd also got to keep their fake feet from the three films. »

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'Matrix,' 'X2' 'Rings' lift '03 U.K. b.o. totals

20 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- The top five films in U.K. theaters during the first six months of the year were The Matrix Reloaded, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, X2: X-Men United, Johnny English and Bruce Almighty, according to a report released Tuesday by the Film Distributors' Assn. The five titles, the FDA said, accounted for 26 million tickets in the first half of the year, taking in a total of £119.9 million ($190.3 million) among them. The five films represent the offerings of members of trade body FDA. The Matrix Reloaded took in £32 million ($50.8 million) for Warner Bros., and the second Rings installment secured £31.5 million ($50 million) for U.K. independent, Entertainment Film Distributors, which handled the distribution of the New Line production here. »

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Yoda, Gollum, Kirsten & Eminem Take Home MTV Prizes

2 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Animated stars Yoda and Gollum were among the big winners at Saturday's MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Jedi master Yoda claimed the award for the Best Fight Scene for his performance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, while Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers star Gollum took home the Best Virtual Performance prize. British actor Andy Serkis, who played Gollum, taped a speech via video but had his big moment ruined by his creepy alter-ego, who took over the screen and snatched the award from Serkis' hands. Gollum snarled, "You're a liar and a thief. It's mine!" The Two Towers also beat 8 Mile, Spider-Man, Barbershop and The Ring to claim the Best Movie honor. Rapper Eminem claimed the Breakthrough Male award for his starring role in 8 Mile, and then picked up the Best Male Performance trophy too. Kirsten Dunst claimed the Best Female Performance gong for her role in Spider-Man. Dunst also picked up the award for Best Kiss for her rain-drenched smooch with Spider-Man Tobey Maguire. The Ring's creepy Daveigh Chase won the ceremony's Best Villain prize. For once, Eminem wasn't part of the night's big controversy - that belonged to lipstick lesbian duo Tatu, whose act on the night included their teenage dancers stripping down to white briefs and T-shirts. 50 Cent and Pink also performed. »

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'Matrix 2' breaks all-time o'seas weekend b.o. take

27 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' The Matrix: Reloaded shattered international boxoffice records around the world this weekend as the sci-fi actioner filled its clip with a staggering $113.2 million from 62 countries on its second week in release, marking the first time in history a film has surpassed the $100 million level in one weekend. New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers came the closest when it picked up $99.4 million last December. The total overseas boxoffice for Reloaded now stands at $154 million after 10 days, and when combined with its North American counterpart the picture has a worldwide gross of a sensational $363.5 million. Reloaded added 49 countries this weekend after debuting in 13 a week ago, bringing the total to 62, with 8,924 prints in action. That total does not include Japan, where Reloaded opens on June 7. »

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'X2' earns $69.4 mil from 93 markets

5 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox's X2: X-Men United made boxoffice history during the weekend, launching simultaneously in 93 markets worldwide -- on a record 7,600 prints -- in the largest-ever global day-and-date release. The Marvel comic-book mutant heroes generated a staggering aggregate estimate of $69.4 million from those markets, the second-highest international gross on record for a day-and-date rollout. "We're absolutely delighted by the international success," said Scott Neeson, president of international theatrical at 20th Century Fox. "It exceeded our expectations -- and we had high expectations. The film is getting a terrific reaction in all markets, and we're looking forward to a long, healthy run." New Line's 2002 release The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers retains the international day-and-date weekend throne. "Two Towers" rang up $99.4 million from 6,450 prints in 30 markets during its first international weekend, during the late-December holiday period. »

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SARS impacts film releases in China

1 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BEIJING -- In the face of severe acute respiratory syndrome, even The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers seems powerless, as the country's cinemas face closure and the moviegoing public stays at home. As an example of the impact SARS is having on film releases, The Two Towers' national release, scheduled for April 25, was canceled as the flu-like disease continues to take its toll in China, where SARS has claimed 3,303 probable cases with 148 deaths as of April 29. On April 26, Beijing authorities in charge of cultural, public security and industrial and commercial affairs, issued an "administrative ban" on all entertainment venues in Beijing, including theaters, cinemas and internet cafes. "The group tickets had been almost sold out. But at a mandate from the Beijing Culture Bureau (last weekend) we had to call off the show abruptly due to the rapid spread of SARS, " said Li Lihua, manager of the Huashi Cinema in the southeastern part of the capital. »

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Timberlake Teams Up With Seann William Scott For MTV

24 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake has agreed to co-host this year's MTV Movie Awards alongside American Pie star Seann William Scott. The hunky pair will dish out the gongs at the star-studded bash held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on May 31. Smash hit films The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and Spider-Man head up the nominations with five apiece. MTV president Van Toffler says, "You could not ask for a more dynamic duo than Justin and Seann to help celebrate the year in movies. The MTV Movie Awards has always been about the twisted, unexpected moments and this year's show will no doubt provide our audience with a night of celebrity sloppiness and fun." »

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'Towers,' Spidey nab 5 MTV noms

15 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Spider-Man led all nominees for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards with five apiece. The films will compete in the best movie category -- along with 8 Mile, Barbershop and The Ring -- as well as the best male performance category, where Rings star Viggo Mortensen will go up against Spider-Man lead Tobey Maguire, Eminem (8 Mile), Vin Diesel (XXX) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can). In the best female performance category, Spider-Man has another entry with Kirsten Dunst, who will compete with Reese Witherspoon (Sweet Home Alabama), Halle Berry (Die Another Day), Kate Hudson (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Queen Latifah (Chicago). »

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