Cinema record for Lord of the Rings

The new Lord of the Rings film has posted a North American cinematic record by raking in $124.1 million in its first five days.

    The film has been lauded for its amazing special effects

    The Return of the King, the third and last instalment in the classic trilogy, hit North

    American screens last week and immediately scored the best

    five-day opening in history


    Internationally, the movie has raked in

    around $245 million since it

    began opening across the world last Wednesday


    "This movie performed even better than expected, both in terms of box office and reviews, which is truly remarkable," said Paul Dergarabedian of box office trackers Exhibitor


    "Its very unusual to see such an upward trajectory in the

    performance of the three Rings films from the first to the last.

    It's a real tribute to (New Zealand director Peter Jackson)."

    The finale of JRR Tolkien's fantasy

    broke the previous five-day North American record of $105 million

    earned by Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace when it

    opened in May 1999.

    And the story of hobbits, goblins and mystical

    princesses also beat the five-day record of its predecessor,

    The Two Towers, which took in $102 million when

    it opened a year ago.



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