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2003 in film

See also: 2002 in film, other events of 2003, 2004 in film and the list of 'years in film'



Top grossing films

Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2003; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2003.

Movies reaching blockbuster motion picture status were led by New Line's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which topped $1 billion in box office receipts worldwide. Other major films included Disney's Finding Nemo. These are the worldwide top 10 grossing films as of June 3, 2004:

Title Studio International
Box Office Gross
North American
Box Office Gross
Box Office Gross
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line $1,118,480,207 $377,027,325 £60,670,000
2. Finding Nemo Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar $864,625,978 $339,714,978 £37,360,000
3. The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $738,599,701 $281,576,461 £33,420,000
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Walt Disney Pictures $653,913,918 $305,413,918 £28,170,000
5. Bruce Almighty Universal $484,572,835 $242,829,261 £23,640,000
6. The Last Samurai Warner Bros. $456,677,263 $111,127,263 £11,688,667
7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Warner Bros. $433,371,112 $150,371,112 £18,910,000
8. The Matrix Revolutions Warner Bros. $424,945,173 $139,270,910 £17,990,000
9. X2: X-Men United 20th Century Fox $406,449,694 $214,949,694 £20,660,000
10. Bad Boys II Columbia Pictures $273,300,000 $138,608,444 N/A

Worldwide, 52 films grossed more than $100 million, achieving blockbuster status, of those, 21 films grossed more than $200 million, nine films grossed more than $400 million, four films more than $600 million, three films more than $700 million, two films more than $800 million and one film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King passed $1.1 billion, becoming the second-highest grossing film in history.

For a complete list of 2003's top-grossing films, follow this link:

Academy Awards


Wide-release movies

(Movies released in at least 1,000 North American theatres)

North American
Release Date
Title Studio/Distributor North American
Box Office Gross
Notable Cast/Crew
January 10 Just Married 20th Century Fox $56,127,162 Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy
January 17 Kangaroo Jack Warner Brothers $66,924,790 Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson
January 17 National Security Sony Pictures $36,288,951 Martin Lawrence, Steve Zahn
January 17 A Guy Thing MGM $15,545,431 Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair
January 24 Darkness Falls Revolution Studios $32,539,681 Chaney Kley , Emma Caulfield
January 31 The Recruit Walt Disney Pictures $52,802,140 Al Pacino, Colin Farrell
January 31 Biker Boyz DreamWorks $21,989,492 Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, Kid Rock
February 7 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Paramount Pictures $105,813,373 Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey
February 7 Shanghai Knights Walt Disney Pictures $60,476,872 Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson
February 7 Deliver Us from Eva Focus $17,573,594 LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union
February 14 Daredevil 20th Century Fox $102,543,518 Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Colin Farrell
February 14 The Jungle Book 2 Walt Disney Pictures $47,901,582 Voice of Phil Collins, Haley Joel Osment
February 21 Old School DreamWorks $75,585,093 Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn
February 21 The Life of David Gale Universal Studios $19,955,598 Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet
February 21 Gods and Generals Warner Brothers $12,882,934  
February 21 Dark Blue United Artists $9,245,932 Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman
February 28 Cradle 2 the Grave Warner Bros. $34,612,814 Jet Li, DMX, Kelly Hu
March 7 Bringing Down the House Walt Disney Pictures $132,716,677 Steve Martin, Queen Latifah
March 7 Tears of the Sun Sony Pictures $43,632,458 Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci
March 14 Agent Cody Banks MGM $47,810,938 Frankie Muñiz, Hilary Duff
March 14 The Hunted Paramount Pictures $34,244,097 Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro
March 14 Willard New Line $6,882,696 Crispin Glover, Laura Harring
March 21 Dreamcatcher Warner Bros. $33,700,070 Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee
March 21 View from the Top Miramax $15,614,000 Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate, Kelly Preston
March 21 Piglet's Big Movie Walt Disney Pictures $23,103,423 Voice of John Fiedler , Jim Cummings
March 21 Boat Trip Artisan $8,600,126 Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Vivica A. Fox
March 28 Head of State DreamWorks $38,111,412 Chris ROck , Bernie Mac
March 28 The Core Paramount Pictures $31,118,819 Christopher Shyer , Ray Galletti
March 28 Basic Sony Pictures $26,599,248 John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson
April 4 Phone Booth 20th Century Fox $46,566,212 Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes
April 4 What a Girl Wants Warner Bros. $36,093,584 Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth
April 4 A Man Apart New Line $26,671,549 Alice Amter , Vin Diesel
April 11 Anger Management Revolution Studios $135,645,823 Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson
April 11 House of 1000 Corpses Lions Gate $12,620,318 Rob Zombie (director)
April 16 Bulletproof Monk MGM $23,346,068 Chow Yun-Fat
April 18 Holes Walt Disney Pictures $67,383,924 Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver
April 18 Malibu's Most Wanted Warner Bros. $34,370,863 Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Anderson
April 25 Identity Sony Pictures $52,138,971 John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina
April 25 Confidence Lions Gate $12,217,840 Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz
April 25 It Runs in the Family MGM $7,488,566 Michael Douglas, Rory Culkin
April 25 The Real Cancun New Line $3,816,594 Brittany Brown-Hart , Benjamin Fletcher
May 2 X2: X-Men United 20th Century Fox $214,949,694 Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Rebecca Romjin-Stamos
May 2 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Walt Disney Pictures $42,717,939 Hilary Duff
May 9 Daddy Day Care Revolution Studios $104,148,781 Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin
May 15 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $281,576,461 Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
May 23 Bruce Almighty Universal Studios $242,829,261 Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman
May 23 The In-Laws Warner Bros. $20,453,431 Michael Douglas
May 30 Finding Nemo Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar $339,714,978 Voice of Albert Brooks, Geoffrey Rush
May 30 The Italian Job Paramount Pictures $106,128,601 Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron
May 30 Wrong Turn 20th Century Fox $15,418,790 Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington
June 6 2 Fast 2 Furious Universal Studios $127,154,901 Paul Walker, Tyrese
June 13 Rugrats Go Wild! Paramount Pictures $39,402,572  
June 13 Hollywood Homicide Revolution Studios $30,207,785  
June 13 Dumb and Dumberer:
When Harry Met Lloyd
New Line $26,214,846  
June 20 The Hulk Universal Studios $132,177,234 Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly
June 20 Alex and Emma Warner Bros. $14,218,698 Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson
June 20 From Justin to Kelly 20th Century Fox $4,928,883  
June 27 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Sony Pictures $100,814,328  
June 27 28 Days Later Fox Searchlight $45,064,915  
July 2 Terminator 3:
Rise of the Machines
Warner Bros. $150,371,112 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken
July 2 Legally Blonde 2
Red, White and Blonde
MGM $90,168,825 Reese Witherspoon
July 2 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas DreamWorks $26,466,286  
July 9 Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl
Walt Disney Pictures $305,388,685* Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
July 9 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 20th Century Fox $66,465,204 Sean Connery
July 18 Bad Boys II Sony Pictures $138,608,444 Martin Lawrence, Will Smith
July 18 Johnny English Universal Studios $28,082,366 Rowan Atkinson
July 18 How to Deal New Line $14,144,112 Mandy Moore
July 25 Dimension $111,610,328  
July 25 Lara Croft Tomb Raider:
The Cradle of Life
Paramount Pictures $65,660,198 Angelina Jolie
July 25 Seabiscuit Universal Studios $120,211,436  
August 1 American Wedding Universal Studios $104,492,461 Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan
August 1 Gigli Revolution Studios $6,068,735  
August 6 Freaky Friday Walt Disney Pictures $110,042,380 Lindsay Lohan
August 8 S.W.A.T. Sony Pictures $116,934,650 Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell
August 15 Freddy vs. Jason New Line $82,556,855 Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger
August 15 Open Range Walt Disney Pictures $58,331,254  
August 15 Uptown Girls MGM $37,095,657 Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning
August 15 Grind Warner Bros. $5,123,696  
August 22 The Medallion Screen Gems $22,108,977 Jackie Chan
August 22 My Boss's Daughter Dimension $15,550,605  
August 22 Marci X Paramount Pictures $1,648,818 Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans
August 29 Jeepers Creepers II United Artists $35,623,801 Ray Wise , Jonathan Breck
September 5 Paramount Pictures $22,741,671 David Spade
September 5 The Order 20th Century Fox $7,660,806  
September 12 Once Upon a Time in Mexico Sony Pictures $56,292,921  
September 12 Matchstick Men Warner Bros. $36,886,006  
September 12 Cabin Fever Lions Gate $21,158,188  
September 19 Underworld Screen Gems $51,741,634 Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman
September 19 The Fighting Temptations Paramount Pictures $30,221,738 Cuba Gooding, Jr., Beyoncé Knowles, Jonathan Lynn (director)
September 19 Secondhand Lions New Line $41,988,596 Michael Caine, Haley Joel Osment
September 19 Cold Creek Manor Walt Disney Pictures $21,386,011 Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone
September 19 Anything Else DreamWorks $3,212,310  
September 26 The Rundown Universal Studios $47,678,160 The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Seann William Scott
September 26 Under the Tuscan Sun Walt Disney Pictures $43,095,548 Diane Lane, Sandra Oh
September 26 Duplex Miramax $9,670,651 Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore
October 3 The School of Rock Paramount Pictures $79,757,618 Jack Black
October 3 Out of Time MGM $40,998,687 Denzel Washington
October 10 Kill Bill Vol. 1 Miramax $69,577,340 Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino (writer, director)
October 10 Good Boy! MGM $37,627,217  
October 10 Intolerable Cruelty Universal Studios $35,254,176 George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones
October 10 The House of the Dead Artisan Entertainment $10,211,633  
October 10 Mystic River Warner Bros. $53,619,415 Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Clint Eastwood (director) 
October 17 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre New Line $80,213,803* Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker
October 17 Runaway Jury 20th Century Fox $48,905,518 John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz
October 24 Brother Bear Walt Disney Pictures $82,256,636*  
October 24 Scary Movie 3 Dimension $109,061,000 Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Tim Stack
October 24 Radio Sony Pictures $51,422,388 Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ed Harris
October 24 Beyond Borders Paramount Pictures $4,430,101 Angelina Jolie
November 5 The Matrix Revolutions Warner Bros. $137,941,003* Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
November 7 Elf New Line $165,580,000* Will Ferrell, James Caan
November 7 Love Actually Universal Studios $56,070,880* Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Keira Knightley
November 14 Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World
20th Century Fox $80,943,916* Russell Crowe
November 14 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Warner Bros. $20,264,659* Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Heather Locklear, Steve Martin
November 21 The Cat in the Hat Universal Studios $97,356,155* Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin , Dakota Fanning, Kelly Preston
November 21 Gothika Warner Bros. $57,562,178* Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penélope Cruz
November 26 The Haunted Mansion Walt Disney Pictures $65,475,698* Eddie Murphy
November 26 Bad Santa Dimension $51,733,000* Billy Bob Thornton
November 26 The Missing Revolution Studios $25,904,967* Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett
November 26 Timeline Paramount Pictures $19,052,570 Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor
December 5 The Last Samurai Warner Bros. $76,102,930* Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe
December 5 Honey Universal Studios $26,919,855* Jessica Alba, Lil' Romeo, Mekhi Phifer
December 10 Big Fish Sony Pictures $14,101,000* Billy Crudup, Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Tim Burton (director)
December 12 Something's Gotta Give Sony Pictures $58,467,387* Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
December 12 Stuck on You 20th Century Fox $25,239,795* Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear
December 12 Love Don't Cost a Thing Warner Bros. $16,894,166* Nick Cannon, Christina Milian
December 17 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line $232,254,000* Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Peter Jackson (director)
December 19 Mona Lisa Smile Sony Pictures $33,742,836* Julia Roberts
December 25 Cheaper by the Dozen 20th Century Fox $42,001,052* Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt
December 25 Cold Mountain Miramax $21,825,000* Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
December 25 Paycheck Paramount Pictures $20,818,771* Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman
December 25 Peter Pan Universal Studios $17,173,380* Jeremy Sumpter, Ludivine Sagnier, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Jason Isaacs, P. J. Hogan (director)
*Estimated as of Dec. 29, 2003

Other movies released

Last updated: 05-08-2005 05:04:04