Third 'Lord of Rings' movie takes in $34.1 million its opening day

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    It was a record debut for a movie opening on Wednesday, surpassing the $28.5 million take for "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" in 1999.

    The film also had the sixth-best single-day gross ever, behind "Spider-Man" with $43.6 million and $39.4 million on two different days, "The Matrix Reloaded" with $37.5 million and $34.4 million on two different days, and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" with $34.2 million.

    Those films ran far shorter than "Return of the King," whose three-hour, 20-minute running time limits the number of screenings theaters can squeeze in each day.

    By Sunday, "Return of the King" should have handily passed the $102 million that "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" grossed domestically in its first five days last year.

    The film also took in $23.5 million in 19 other countries where it debuted Wednesday, including Great Britain, Germany and France. The movie was opening in about 10 more countries Thursday and Friday and gradually expands to other territories over the next couple of months.

    New Line executives hope the final chapter of the saga will ultimately top $1 billion worldwide, becoming the second movie to cross that mark, after "Titanic" with $1.8 billion.

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    I just got back from watching it with my wife and a daughter.
    I saw a local pastor and his family there too.
    I enjoyed it a lot, the last segment of the story was good, but as the saying goes, "not as good as the book!"

    Rob
     
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    True Rob, but it was by FAR my favourite of the three. I fell asleep in the Two Towers. This one did a good job of capturing the emotions and the essence of the book.
     
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    Not a fan of "fantasy" per se, but will probably rent the trilogy when it's out on DVD.

    Still can't justify going to theaters! (or paying $8 for popcorn!)
     
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    The final installment of the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy sold $246 million worth of tickets worldwide between Wednesday and Sunday, the highest total takings over the first five days of any film.

    The Return of the King dominated North America box offices this weekend, selling $73.6m worth of tickets between Friday and Sunday, for total takings of $125m since its launch on Wednesday. The film added $121m in 28 other countries.

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    I had a hot date last night and went to see it. I liked it better than the other two, although in Towers, I loved the trees.

    I wouldn't read the book because I am not into fantasy, but I enjoyed this. I loved the spider thing, too.

    Lots of good serman starters. (If I were prone to preach.)
     
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    I love The Lord of the Rings as well as other writings of Middle Earth by Mr. Tolkien. As has been stated, the movies were a far cry from the books, but it would be impossible to make movies that had everything in them the books had... there'd have to be three movies per book (at least)! All in all, I find the movies to be a pleasant adventure, one that culminated in an exhilirating experience in the third movie. I've seen it twice... and will probably take my mom to see it after Christmas (she used to read the stories to me at night when I was little, and she's not seen any of them in the theater... where the bigger it is, the better! ;) ) I highly receommend it if you've seen the other two movies. A+++

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