Undeniable Fact About ROTS #14: It Set Four Box Office Records Opening Day

A movie theater that looks more like an airport check-in counter.

ROTS opened big on May 19, 2005 as one might have imagined. After all it was supposed to be the saga finale in terms of release order and the prequel trilogy conclusion. Who was going to wait? I sure didn’t wait long; I saw it opening day after work.

ROTS set four records on May 19: midnight screenings gross ($16 million), opening day gross ($50 million), single day gross, and Thursday gross. It still holds the Thursday gross record nine years later.

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