November 09, 2003
We interrupt the festivities for this breaking news...

The Matrix Revolutions Ignites Global Box Office Revolution with $204 Million Opening, Setting a New Record for the Biggest Consecutive 5-Day Opening of All Time

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 2003--Matrix fans around the globe turned out in record numbers to experience Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' The Matrix Revolutions, the final explosive chapter in the blockbuster Matrix trilogy. The combined five-day opening weekend box office receipts for The Matrix Revolutions totaled a staggering $204 million, charting the biggest consecutive five-day opening in motion picture history. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Additionally, The Matrix Revolutions scored the biggest international weekend of all time with an estimated $118.6 million, and set a new domestic record for the second largest R-rated opening ever behind The Matrix Reloaded with an estimated $85.470 million. The film also earned an estimated $14.9 million in the UK, Japan $14.8 million, France $11.2 million, Germany $8 million, Spain $6.3 million, Italy $6.2 million, Australia $5.5 million, Korea $5.2 million, Russia $4.8 million and $1.5 million in China.

In an unprecedented global release distribution scenario, Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures unveiled The Matrix Revolutions to fans in every major city around the world at the exact same moment in time on November 5. The film opened simultaneously at 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, 9 a.m. in New York, 2 p.m. in London, 5 p.m. in Moscow, 11 p.m. in Tokyo and at corresponding times in over 90 additional countries worldwide. Marking the widest global opening ever, The Matrix Revolutions launched approximately 18,000 prints in 109 markets on six continents, ranking it #1 around the world. The film was also simultaneously released in 60 IMAX(R) Theatres worldwide.

"It required the unparalleled efforts of our international teams on six continents to bring this film to 107 markets simultaneous to its release in the United States and Canada," Kwan-Rubinek said. "It is (therefore) extremely gratifying to see these terrific numbers reflect the impact of everyone's efforts worldwide."

"The zero hour simultaneous opening of The Matrix Revolutions once again positioned the Matrix films as the cutting edge experience in motion pictures, and we're thrilled that this remarkable trilogy continues to break global box office records with the performance of Revolutions," Fellman added.

"This achievement is a testament to the brilliant vision of Larry and Andy Wachowski, the work of our exceptional cast and crew, and the devotion of Matrix fans around the world," said Joel Silver, producer of the phenomenal Matrix trilogy. "The film's unprecedented zero hour release and the record-breaking audience turnout worldwide makes for the perfect ending to our incredible five year journey in bringing the Wachowskis' groundbreaking trilogy to the screen."

The success of The Matrix Revolutions comes just five months after the record-shattering release of the trilogy's second chapter, The Matrix Reloaded, on May 15. To date, The Matrix Reloaded has earned over $737.9 million in worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2003 and the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, both domestically and internationally. Additionally, Reloaded scored the domestic record for the largest single week ever with $158.2 million and reached $150 million in a record-breaking six days. Internationally, it is the 10th highest grossing film of all time, and is the first film in history to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment, a Silver Pictures production, The Matrix Revolutions, starring KEANU REEVES, LAURENCE FISHBURNE and CARRIE-ANNE MOSS. The film also stars HUGO WEAVING and JADA PINKETT SMITH.

The Matrix Revolutions is written and directed by THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS and produced by JOEL SILVER. The executive producers are ANDY WACHOWSKI, LARRY WACHOWSKI, GRANT HILL, ANDREW MASON and BRUCE BERMAN. The director of photography is BILL POPE, A.S.C.; the production designer is OWEN PATERSON; the editor is ZACH STAENBERG, A.C.E.; the music is composed by DON DAVIS; the visual effects supervisor is JOHN GAETA; and the costume designer is KYM BARRETT.

The Matrix Revolutions is being released worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

This film has been rated "R" by the MPAA for "sci-fi violence and brief sexual content."

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at November 09, 2003 12:34 PM .

Whoa... too cool

Posted by: Janice on November 9, 2003 12:45 PM

All I can say is...
"In the critics faces! Hah!!!"

Posted by: r.j.girl on November 9, 2003 12:55 PM

Remember Laurence's little gesture to the critics when Reloaded came out?

Ditto what he said.

Posted by: Tyler on November 9, 2003 01:18 PM

OMG! Such terrific news for an absolutely fantabulous movie!

Posted by: phoenix IX on November 9, 2003 02:31 PM

Ha! HAAA! Take THAT critics! Yeah! :D

Posted by: Zen on November 9, 2003 03:40 PM


Posted by: Keanuette on November 9, 2003 03:41 PM

This is f'ing awesome! Way to go everyone!! :)

Posted by: Keanu_Soul on November 9, 2003 05:03 PM

well, i feel i did my part to make this happen! and i'll keep doing it, too...

Posted by: lori on November 9, 2003 05:23 PM

I am not going to be told by someone who's obviously bitter and jealous what movies I should or should not go to see.

I honestly believe that these people have forgetten the reasons we watch movies in the first place. The emotions have been replaced by personal agendas and self-interest.

Posted by: Sunny on November 10, 2003 05:44 AM

Wow, fantastic! It'll be interesting to see what the trend will be over the coming weeks. That'll be a true test to see how much the audience has really accepted the movie.

Anyhow, the incredible amount of work that's gone into this trilogy has been well rewarded. Congratulations to everyone who worked their butts off to make this such a compelling series.

Posted by: Raiza on November 10, 2003 10:33 AM
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