LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – With Christmas falling on a Thursday this year, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” enjoyed a festive weekend at the international box office as its foreign total soared to $270 million in 12 days. The final episode of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy pulled in an estimated $83 million for the Friday-to-Sunday frame from 38 markets. Its overall total ranks 27% ahead of where last year’s “The Two Towers” was after 12 days and 73% ahead of “The Fellowship of the Ring” in 2001. [More]