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Return of The King Reigns Supreme In NZ Box Office

For immediate release
December 22, 2003

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE RETURN OF THE KING
Reigns Supreme Over The New Zealand Box Office


National cinematic history has been rewritten again, with Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING conquering the New Zealand Box Office to claim the highest ever Opening Weekend Record.

The final instalment in the celebrated New Line trilogy screened to packed cinemas from Thursday through to Sunday, grossing NZD $2,609,992.

The lofty result for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING has left previous Opening Weekend Records in its wake;

#1 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING NZD$2,609,992
#2 The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers NZD$2,290,584
#3 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring NZD$2,125,910
#4 Stars Wars Episode 2 – Attack of the Clones NZD$1,754,974
#5 The Matrix Reloaded NZD$1,746,493

During the four-day box office weekend, the film also broke single day records for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Roadshow Film Distributors General Manager Lisa Hubbard said, “Peter Jackson and his team have created a theatrical masterpiece. This exceptional result is a testimony to their tireless work and New Zealander’s passion for The Lord Of The Rings.”

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING released throughout New Zealand on Thursday 18 December in 75 cinema locations and on 114 screens.


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