Studio: New Line
Total gross: $1,119,929,521 (domestic: $377,845,905; international: $742,083,616)
Opening weekend: $72,629,713
Budget: $94 million
Oscar nominations: Adapted Screenplay (win), Art Direction (win), Best Picture (win), Costume Design (win), Director (win), Editing (win), Makeup (win), Original Score (win), Original Song (win), Sound (win), Visual Effects (win)
“Rings” is without a doubt one of the greatest franchises filmdom will ever know, and 2003 marked the culmination of a three-year run in which Peter Jackson bestowed Tolkien’s masterpiece on the world with the touch of a true genius. It’s the only film to sweep the 11 Academy Award nominations it received, and one of three movies (the others: “Ben Hur,” “Titanic”) to win that many Oscars.
The fantasy is set in Middle-earth and centers around a hobbit named Frodo who, with the help of fellow hobbit Samwise and the rest of the Fellowship, embarks on a mission to destroy the One Ring and strip all power from its creator, the evil Dark Lord Sauron.