The billion-dollar box-office club
By Charles Fleming
Source: Los Angeles Times, Box Office Mojo
'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,' 2003 | $1.12 billion
Like its "Transformers" cousins, the first two installments of director Peter Jackson's "LOTR" trilogy were enormous hits, but third time was the charm for entry into the billion-dollar box-office club. One key difference: The "LOTR" sequels, at under $100 million, cost about half what the third "Transformers" cost.