The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic high fantasy action ad-venture film pro-duced, written and directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It is the third and final installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002), preceding The Hobbit film trilogy (14/2012).
Released on 17 December 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King received rave reviews and universal acclaim, and became one of the greatest critical and box-office successes of all time. It was the second film to gross $1 billion world-wide ($1.12 billion), becoming the highest gro-ssing film released by New Line Cinema, as well as the biggest financial success for Time Warner in general, until Harry Potter and the Death-ly Hallows – Part 2 ($1.31 billion) surpassed The Return of the King‘s final gross in 2011. The film was the highest-grossing film of 2003 and, by the end of its theatrical run, the second highest-grossing film in history. As of January 2017, it is the fourteenth highest-grossing film of all time.