'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 the third time was the charm for entry into the billion-dollar box-office club.

( Pierre Vinet / New Line Productions )

Like its "Transformers" cousins, the first two installments of director Peter Jackson's "LOTR" trilogy were enormous hits, but the third time was the charm for entry into the billion-dollar box-office club.

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