2003 in film

The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. Releases of sequels took place with movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Freddy vs Jason, X2: X-Men United, Bad Boys II and Final Destination 2.


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:

2003 Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross U.S/Canada Gross U.K. Gross Australia Gross
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line $1,119,263,306 $377,027,325 £60,666,284 $49,161,709
2. Finding Nemo Disney/Pixar $864,625,978 $339,714,978 £37,360,000 $36,915,521
3. The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $738,599,701 $281,576,461 £33,420,000 $33,217,632
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Disney $654,264,015 $305,413,918 £28,170,000 $24,918,905
5. Bruce Almighty Universal $484,572,835 $242,829,261 £23,640,000 $20,397,703
6. The Last Samurai Warner Bros. $456,758,981 $111,127,263 £11,688,667 $12,409,243
7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Warner Bros. $433,371,112 $150,371,112 £18,789,175 $18,940,017
8. The Matrix Revolutions Warner Bros. $424,988,211 $139,313,948 £17,754,338 $17,927,972
9. X2: X-Men United 20th Century Fox $407,557,613 $214,949,694 £20,500,928 $16,292,706
10. Bad Boys II Columbia $273,339,556 $138,608,444 £8,575,654 $10,519,208

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.

Nine films grossed more than $400 million, reaching international blockbuster motion picture status. This is record is broken in 2007, eleven films grossed more than $400 million, reaching international blockbuster motion picture status. For a complete list of 2003's top-grossing films, follow this link: Boxofficemojo-2003


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Director: Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Actor: Sean Penn - Mystic River
Best Actress: Charlize Theron - Monster
Best Supporting Actor: Tim Robbins - Mystic River
Best Supporting Actress: Renée Zellweger - Cold Mountain
Best Foreign Language Film: Les Invasions barbares (The Barbarian Invasions), directed by Denys Arcand, Canada
Best Animated Feature: Finding Nemo, directed by Andrew Stanton, United States

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Actor: Sean Penn - Mystic River
Best Actress: Charlize Theron - Monster

Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Lost in Translation
Best Actor: Bill Murray - Lost in Translation
Best Actress: Diane Keaton - Something's Gotta Give

Best Director: Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Foreign Language Film: Osama, Afghanistan / Netherlands / Japan / Ireland / Iran

BAFTA Awards:

Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Actor: Bill Murray - Lost in Translation
Best Actress: Scarlett Johansson - Lost in Translation

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Elephant, directed by Gus Van Sant, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Vozvrashcheniye (The Return), directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

In This World, directed by Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom

Films released in 2003




























Wide-release movies

(Movies released in at least 600 North American theatres), ‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release.
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 Final Destination 2 New Line Cinema $46,961,214 A. J. Cook, Michael Landes
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, Fann Wong
February 7 Deliver Us from Eva Focus Features $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 Haley Joel Osment, John Goodman
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 12 Bend It Like Beckham Fox Searchlight Pictures $32,543,449 Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley
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 Dysfunktional Family Miramax $2,255,000 Theo Van de Sande
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 1,000 Corpses Lions Gate Films $12,634,962 Sid Haig, Bill Moseley
April 16 Bulletproof Monk MGM $23,346,068 Chow Yun-Fat
April 16 A Mighty Wind Warner Bros. $17,781,006 Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest
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 Romijn
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 16 Down with Love 20th Century Fox $20,305,251 Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger
May 16 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $281,576,461 Keanu Reeves, Laurence 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, Ellen DeGeneres
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 Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes
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 11 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 20th Century Fox $66,465,204 Sean Connery
July 18 Bad Boys 2 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 Spy Kids 3D: Game Over 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 Tobey Maguire
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 Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan
August 8 Le Divorce Fox Searchlight Pictures $9,081,057 Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts
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 Dickie Roberts:
Former Child Star
Paramount Pictures $22,741,671 David Spade
September 5 The Order 20th Century Fox $7,660,806  
September 12 Cabin Fever Lions Gate $21,158,188  
September 12 Lost in Translation Focus Features $44,585,453 Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
September 12 Matchstick Men Warner Bros. $36,886,006  
September 12 Once Upon a Time in Mexico Sony Pictures $56,292,921  
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 $47,726,342 The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Seann William Scott
September 26 Under the Tuscan Sun Walt Disney Pictures $43,610,723 Diane Lane, Sandra Oh
September 26 Duplex Miramax $9,692,135 Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore
October 3 School of Rock Paramount Pictures $81,261,177 Jack Black
October 3 Out of Time MGM $41,088,845 Denzel Washington
October 8 Mystic River Warner Bros. $90,135,191 Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Clint Eastwood (director) 
October 10 Kill Bill Vol. 1 Miramax $70,099,045 Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino (writer, director)
October 10 House of the Dead Artisan Entertainment $10,249,719  
October 10 Good Boy! MGM $37,667,746  
October 10 Intolerable Cruelty Universal Studios $35,327,628 George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones
October 17 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre New Line $80,571,655 Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker
October 17 Runaway Jury 20th Century Fox $49,443,628 John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz
October 22 In the Cut Screen Gems $4,750,602 Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo
October 24 Brother Bear Walt Disney Pictures $82,256,636*
October 24 Scary Movie 3 Dimension $110,003,217 Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, Tim Stack
October 24 Radio Sony Pictures $52,333,738 Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ed Harris
October 24 Beyond Borders Paramount Pictures $4,430,101 Angelina Jolie
November 1 ''Brother Bear Buena Vista/Walt Disney Pictures $85,336,277
November 5 The Matrix Revolutions Warner Bros. $139,313,948 Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
November 7 Elf New Line $173,398,518 Will Ferrell, James Caan
November 7 Love Actually Universal Studios $59,696,144 Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Keira Knightley
November 14 Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World
20th Century Fox $93,927,920 Russell Crowe
November 14 Tupac: Resurrection Paramount $7,718,961
November 14 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Warner Bros. $20,991,364 Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Heather Locklear, Steve Martin
November 21 The Cat in the Hat Universal Studios $101,149,285 Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin, Dakota Fanning, Kelly Preston
November 21 Gothika Warner Bros. $59,694,580 Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penélope Cruz
November 26 The Haunted Mansion Walt Disney Pictures $75,847,266 Eddie Murphy
November 26 Bad Santa Dimension $60,060,328 Billy Bob Thornton
November 26 The Missing Revolution Studios $27,011,180 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. $111,127,263 Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe
December 5 Honey Universal Studios $30,308,417 Jessica Alba, Lil' Romeo, Mekhi Phifer
December 10 Big Fish Sony Pictures $66,809,693 Billy Crudup, Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Tim Burton (director)
December 12 Something's Gotta Give Sony Pictures $124,728,738 Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
December 12 Stuck on You 20th Century Fox $33,832,741 Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear
December 12 Love Don't Cost a Thing Warner Bros. $21,924,226 Nick Cannon, Christina Milian
December 17 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line $377,027,325 Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Peter Jackson (director)
December 19 Calendar Girls Buena Vista $31,041,759 Helen Mirren, Julie Walters
December 19 Mona Lisa Smile Sony Pictures $63,860,942 Julia Roberts
December 24 Monster Newmarket Pictures $34,469,210 Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci
December 25 Cheaper by the Dozen 20th Century Fox $138,614,544 Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt
December 25 Cold Mountain Miramax $95,636,509 Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renée Zellweger
December 25 Paycheck Paramount Pictures $53,790,451 Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman
December 25 Peter Pan Universal Studios $48,462,608 Jeremy Sumpter, Ludivine Sagnier, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Jason Isaacs, P. J. Hogan (director)

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