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Return of the King officially becomes third highest grossing film of all time



Story by: Jack Foley

THE successes keep on coming for the final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as The Return of the King has now become the third most successful film of all time.

Peter Jackson's Oscar-tipped epic has now taken a colossal $942.7m (£517.9m) worldwide, and is due to pass the $1bn mark after its release, in Japan, on February 14.

 

Only James Cameron’s Titanic and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone have taken more money - although the Return of the King could yet surpass at least one of those totals.

The other two films in Tolkien’s film trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, are also in the top 10, making it the most successful (as well as the best) franchise of all-time.

The accolades have been nearly constant since the release of the film in December, and it is seen as the hot favourite to sweep the board at this year’s Oscars, having already triumphed at the Golden Globes, as well as winning several notable awards, such as the Directors’ Guild of America accolade.

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