Now that The Fellowship of the Ring has been playing to audiences across the world for a couple of days, it is becoming apparent that the film is every bit as much a success as we always knew it would be! The critics are unanimous, the box office numbers speak for themselves, the award nominations are beginning to roll in, and reactions from Tolkien fans as well as the previously uninitiated are through the roof! Check out these numbers:

  • At the Internet Movie Database, FOTR has an average viewer rating of 9.7 out of 10, with over 3,000 votes so far. The film is currently ranked by users as the #6 film of all time, and that ranking continues to steadily rise!
  • Here at, we tough-to-please fans have given the film an overall average rating of 4.6 out of 5.
  • At Rotten Tomatoes, a site which provides summaries of critical reviews from a variety of sources, the movie has an astonishing 96% freshness rating (that’s 88 positive reviews from established film critics out of a total of 92).
  • Business is booming: On its first day of release, FOTR grossed an incredible $18.2 million, the biggest take ever for a single day in December, and the third-biggest Wednesday opening in history (after The Phantom Menace and just behind Jurassic Park III). Expect big numbers from the upcoming holiday weekend!