Neo bow beats Frodo’s B.O. after all

Final figures put 5-day worldwide total at $202.8 mil

HOLLYWOOD — “The Matrix Revolutions” did indeed enjoy the biggest worldwide bow ever, studio execs said Wednesday.

The matter had been called into question Monday, when official domestic tallies for the frame dipped from initial studio estimates. It took until mid-week to firm up data from key foreign territories, but final figures now show worldwide box office for pic’s first five days totaled $202.8 million, officials said.

That just surpasses the opening five-day perf of the previous record holder, New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” “Two Towers” rung up $201.8 million in worldwide coin over its first five days — though its distrib originally reported a lower estimate and revised the figure upward several weeks later when final foreign tallies were available.

“Matrix Revolutions” managed its record five-day bow — marked Nov. 5-9 — through a combo of $83.8 million in domestic B.O. and $119 million in foreign grosses, execs said.

First week: $232 mil

Through Tuesday, “Revolutions” has grossed $232.2 million. First-week haul included $93.6 million in domestic box office and $138.6 million in foreign coin.

“The ‘Matrix’ franchise continues to be an incredible property,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warners exec VP of domestic distribution.

“We’re very happy with the first-week numbers,” said Warners international distrib prexy Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.

“The Matrix Reloaded,” the second movie in the Warners/Village Roadshow sci-fi series, grossed a total of $735.7 million worldwide after unspooling in May.

It’s a foregone conclusion “Revolutions” will outperform the $458.1 million worldwide run of the franchise’s 1999 original. But the trilogy-concluding installment is expected to fall significantly short of its immediate predecessor with a projected worldwide haul of $600 million-$700 million.

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