Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Release Summary

Genre Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Fantasy Sword and Sorcery Children's Book Adaptation Young Adult Novel Adaptation Boarding School Fantasy Family IMAX Family Dragon Young Adult Novel Adaptation Children's Book Adaptation Fantasy IMAX Boarding School
DistributorNew Line (Pre-Warner) New Line (Pre-Warner) Warner Bros. Warner Bros.
Release DateDec 18, 2002Dec 19, 2001Nov 15, 2002Nov 16, 2001
Gross To Date $339,789,881$313,364,114$261,988,482$317,575,550
Production Budget$94,000,000$93,000,000$100,000,000$125,000,000
Running Time2 hr 59 min2 hr 58 min2 hr 41 min2 hr 32 min

Domestic Summary

Total Gross $339,789,881$313,364,114$261,988,482$317,575,550
Opening Weekend $62,007,528$47,211,490$88,357,488$90,294,621
Opening % of Total18.2%15.1%33.7%28.4%
Widest Release3,6223,3813,6823,672
Close DateAug 24, 2003May 4, 2003
In Release379 days / 54 weeks378 days / 54 weeks412 days / 58 weeks411 days / 58 weeks
Weekends at #13423
Weekends in Top 108989

Worldwide Summary

Worldwide Gross$936,689,735$880,839,846$878,979,634$974,755,371
Foreign Gross$596,899,854$567,475,732$616,991,152$657,179,821
Foreign % of Worldwide63.7%64.4%70.2%67.4%
Domestic Gross$339,789,881$313,364,114$261,988,482$317,575,550
Domestic % of Worldwide36.3%35.6%29.8%32.6%