Whale Rider pips Lord of the Rings in viewer poll
The National Business Review
The latest NBR-Phillips Fox poll richly illustrates how pervasive the success of New Zealand as a film making country has been on the population.
Nearly 70% of New Zealanders have seen one or two Lord of the Rings films. Thirty-nine per cent saw all three films and 45% went to Whale Rider.
In an entertaining finding that doesn’t mean much –Â given it rated three films against one, and many viewers hadn’t seen all three Rings movies –Â but entertaining all the same, more people said they enjoyed Whale Rider than Lord of the Rings.
But only just. Whale Rider was the preferred viewing option of 41% against 38%