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Last Updated: Friday, 9 January, 2004, 09:25 GMT
Rings 'romps at world box office'
The Return of the King
The Return of the King is the final in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Lord of the Rings finale is set to be the trilogy's most successful film after taking $270m (£148m) in its first 12 days outside the US, a report says.

That is 27% ahead of the second film at this stage, Variety magazine reported.

Taken with its box office takings in the US, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has now earned more than $560m (£306m) around the world.

UK fans spent the most money on tickets of any country outside the US, with sales of £26m in 12 days, Variety said.

Its running total has already put it in the top 50 all-time box office hits.

Variety reported there were signs fans may keep flocking to see it for some time because many potential customers had not yet had the chance to see it.

Movie executives are hoping it will eventually surpass The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which made a total of $922m (£503m) around the world.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring earned $861m (£470m).

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