The final Lord of the Rings film has taken a record $125m (£71m) in its first five days at the North American box office.
The final Lord of the Rings film is a global hit
The Return of the King beat the previous $114m (£64m) record set by Spider-Man in 2002.
Having opened on Wednesday, the New Line-produced film grossed $73.6m (£42m) from Friday to Sunday alone.
Mona Lisa Smile is in second place at the US box office, taking $12m (£6.8m) in its opening weekend.
The Return of the King also took more than $121m (£68m) from 28 other countries around the world in its first five days of release.
TOP FIVE US FILMS
1 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2 Mona Lisa Smile
3 Something's Gotta Give
4 The Last Samurai
5 Stuck on You
Source: Exhibitor Relations
The film is expected to make more than $470m (£267m), said New Line international marketing president Rolf Mittweg.
But The Return of the King only managed the third highest Friday to Sunday tally of the year, behind previous blockbuster releases The Matrix: Reloaded and X2: X-Men United.
It also posted the third highest all-time ticket sales for a film in December, according to analysts Exhibitor Relations.
Other films in the US box office chart included last week's number one, the Jack Nicholson comedy Something's Gotta Give, which had ticket sales worth $11.5m (£6.7m).
Tom Cruise's Japanese adventure The Last Samurai came fourth, making $7.3m (£4.3m) in its third week on release.
In fifth place was Stuck On You, the conjoined twins comedy that stars Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. It made $5.4m (£3.1m) in its second week.