Lord of the Rings Sinks Titanic in Native New Zealand - Zap2it.com

by Brandon Gray

If ever there was a country that The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring would rise to the top of the all time box office chart, it's New Zealand where it was filmed by native son Peter Jackson.

And that's just what it has done in its 13th week of release.

On Monday, the epic adventure reached nearly NZ$13 million ($5.64 million), topping the NZ$12.9 million ($5.6 million) gross of former all time champ Titanic.

Rings achieved its monumental gross in less than a third of the time that Titanic took. The James Cameron disaster picture reached its milestone after 45 weeks in theaters.

Rings, which bowed on 90 theaters and is now playing at 60, regained pole position last week, beating Bandits and the Australian comedy The Man Who Sued God.

Titanic is still the highest-grossing movie of all time overall with a worldwide gross of $1.8 billion, a tally not likely to be topped in the foreseeable future. Rings stands at $784 million.

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