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2003 in film is an overview of events, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies, festivals, a list of country- and genre- specific lists of films released, notable deaths and film debuts.

Highest-grossing films

See also: Lists of box office number-one films § 2003

The top 10 films released in 2003 by worldwide gross are as follows:[1]

Highest-grossing films of 2003
Rank Title Distributor Worldwide gross
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line $1,140,682,011
2 Finding Nemo Buena Vista $871,014,978[2]
3 The Matrix Reloaded Warner Bros. $739,412,035
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Buena Vista $654,264,015
5 Bruce Almighty Universal / Buena Vista $484,592,874
6 The Last Samurai Warner Bros. $454,627,263
7 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Warner Bros. / Sony Pictures / Columbia $433,371,112
8 The Matrix Revolutions Warner Bros. $427,343,298
9 X2 20th Century Fox $407,711,549
10 Bad Boys II Sony Pictures / Columbia $273,339,556

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King grossed more than $1.14  billion, making it the highest-grossing film in 2003 worldwide and in North America and the second-highest-grossing film up to that time. It was also the second film to surpass the billion-dollar milestone after Titanic in 1997.

Finding Nemo was the highest-grossing animated movie of all time until being overtaken by Shrek 2 in 2004.

Events

Award ceremonies

Awards

Category/Organization 9th Critics' Choice Awards
January 10, 2004
61st Golden Globe Awards
January 25, 2004
57th BAFTA Awards
February 15, 2004
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards 76th Academy Awards
February 29, 2004
Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lost in Translation The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Director Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Peter Weir
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Actor Sean Penn
Mystic River
Bill Murray
Lost in Translation
Johnny Depp
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Sean Penn
Mystic River
Best Actress Charlize Theron
Monster
Diane Keaton
Something's Gotta Give
Scarlett Johansson
Lost in Translation
Charlize Theron
Monster
Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins
Mystic River
Bill Nighy
Love Actually
Tim Robbins
Mystic River
Best Supporting Actress Renée Zellweger
Cold Mountain
Best Screenplay, Adapted Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan and Naomi Sheridan
In America
Sofia Coppola
Lost in Translation
Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
American Splendor
Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Screenplay, Original Tom McCarthy
The Station Agent
Sofia Coppola
Lost in Translation
Best Animated Film Finding Nemo Finding Nemo
Best Original Score The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Howard Shore
Cold Mountain
T-Bone Burnett and Gabriel Yared
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Howard Shore
Best Original Song "A Mighty Wind"
A Mighty Wind
"Into the West"
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
"Into the West"
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Foreign Language Film The Barbarian Invasions Osama In This World The Barbarian Invasions

2003 films

By country/region

By genre/medium

Births

Deaths

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 1 Royce D. Applegate 63 US Actor
1 Cyril Shaps 79 UK Actor
4 Conrad Hall 72 French Polynesia Cinematographer
5 Massimo Girotti 84 Italy Actor
8 Ron Goodwin 77 UK Composer
11 Anthony Havelock-Allan 98 UK Producer
11 Maurice Pialat 77 France Director, Screenwriter
11 Dick Simmons 89 US Stuntman, Actor
12 Maurice Gibb 53 Isle of Man Singer, Composer, Actor
13 Norman Panama 88 US Screenwriter, Director
14 Mel Bourne 79 US Production Designer
14 Paul Monash 85 US Screenwriter, Producer
14 Donald O'Brien 72 Ireland Actor
17 Richard Crenna 76 US Actor
20 David Battley 67 UK Actor
20 Nedra Volz 94 US Actress
21 John Grieve 78 UK Actor
23 Nell Carter 54 US Actress
25 Cliff Norton 84 US Actor
25 Leopoldo Trieste 85 Italy Actor, Screenwriter
29 Anthony Eisley 78 US Actor
30 Mary Ellis 105 US Singer, Actress
31 William Marlowe 72 UK Actor
February 3 Lana Clarkson 40 US Actress
7 Stephen Whittaker 55 UK Actor, Director
9 Vera Hruba Ralston 82 Czech Republic Actress
13 Robert Ivers 68 US Actor, Voice Double
13 Stacy Keach Sr. 88 US Actor
18 Jack Brodsky 70 US Producer
22 Daniel Taradash 89 US Screenwriter
24 Walter Scharf 92 US Composer, Orchestrator
24 Alberto Sordi 82 Italy Actor, Screenwriter, Director
March 3 Horst Buchholz 69 Germany Actor
8 Adam Faith 62 UK Actor, Singer
8 Karen Morley 93 US Actress
12 Lynne Thigpen 54 US Actress
15 Thora Hird 91 UK Actress
13 Christiane Schmidtmer 63 Germany Actress
16 Lars Passgård 62 Sweden Actor
18 Naomi Chance 73 UK Actress
19 Rick Zumwalt 51 US Actor
24 Philip Yordan 88 US Screenwriter
27 Paul Zindel 66 US Screenwriter
30 Michael Jeter 50 US Actor
31 Anne Gwynne 84 US Actress
April 1 Jean-Yves Escoffier 52 France Cinematographer
2 Michael Wayne 68 US Producer
4 Anthony Caruso 86 US Actor
7 David Greene 82 UK Director
8 Kathie Browne 72 US Actress
8 Bing Russell 76 US Actor
9 Vera Zorina 86 Germany Actress
12 Sydney Lassick 80 US Actor
16 Graham Jarvis 72 Canada Actor
22 Andrea King 82 US Actress
25 Jesse Nilsson 25 Canada Actor
26 Peter Stone 73 US Screenwriter
28 Ciccio Ingrassia 80 Italy Actor
30 Jim Connors 56 US Actor, Stuntman
May 3 Suzy Parker 70 US Actress
6 Jocelyn Herbert 86 UK Production Designer
9 Carmen Filpi 80 US Actor
9 Bernard Spear 83 UK Actor
14 Wendy Hiller 90 UK Actress
14 Robert Stack 84 US Actor
24 Rachel Kempson 92 UK Actress
28 Martha Scott 90 US Actress
28 Marc Zuber 59 India Actor
30 Haskell Boggs 94 US Cinematographer
June 2 Richard Cusack 77 US Actor
3 John Jympson 72 UK Film Editor
7 Trevor Goddard 40 UK Actor
11 William Marshall 78 US Actor
12 Gregory Peck 87 US Actor, Producer
15 Hume Cronyn 90 Canada Actor
15 Philip Stone 79 UK Actor
16 Carlos Rivas 78 US Actor
20 Fielder Cook 80 US Director
21 George Axelrod 81 US Screenwriter
21 Leon Uris 78 US Screenwriter
24 Barbara Weeks 89 US Actress
27 David Newman 66 US Screenwriter
29 Rod Amateau 79 US Director, Screenwriter
29 Katharine Hepburn 96 US Actress
30 Buddy Hackett 78 US Actor
30 Constance Smith 75 Ireland Actress
July 6 Buddy Ebsen 95 US Actor, Dancer
7 Elisabeth Welch 99 US Actress
8 Marjorie Fowler 82 US Film Editor
9 Elliott Marks 61 US Still Photographer
21 Robert F. Blumofe 93 US Producer, Executive
23 Sheila Bromley 91 US Actress
25 John Schlesinger 77 UK Director
27 Karin Booth 87 US Actress
27 Bob Hope 100 US Actor
30 Marian Carr 77 US Actress
31 Frederick Coffin 60 US Actor
August 2 Don Estelle 70 UK Actor
6 Larry Taylor 85 UK Actor, Stuntman
9 Gregory Hines 57 US Actor, Dancer
10 Jacques Deray 74 France Director, Screenwriter
30 Charles Bronson 81 US Actor
September 1 Jack Smight 78 US Director
3 David King-Wood 89 Iran Actor
4 Ben Aris 66 UK Actor
6 Louise Platt 88 US Actress
8 Leni Riefenstahl 101 Germany Director
11 John Ritter 54 US Actor
12 Johnny Cash 71 US Singer, Actor
14 Jerry Fleck 55 US Production Manager
16 Sheb Wooley 82 US Actor
20 Tom Busby 66 Canada Actor
21 Pamela Gordon 66 US Actress
22 Gordon Jump 71 US Actor
24 Lyle Bettger 88 US Actor
25 Herb Gardner 68 US Screenwriter
26 George Plimpton 76 US Actor
27 Fay Helm 94 US Actress
27 Donald O'Connor 78 US Actor, Dancer
28 Elia Kazan 94 Turkey Director
October 1 Julie Parrish 62 US Actress
3 Florence Stanley 79 US Actress
5 Denis Quilley 75 UK Actor
9 Ruth Hall 92 US Actress
10 Victoria Horne 91 US Actress
17 Janice Rule 72 US Actress
17 Bernard Schwartz 85 US Producer
18 David Lodge 82 UK Actor
19 Guy Rolfe 91 UK Actor
20 Jack Elam 82 US Actor
29 Steve Yaconelli 62 US Cinematographer
November 8 Bob Grant 71 UK Actor
9 Fred J. Brown 68 US Sound Engineer
9 Art Carney 85 US Actor
11 Robert Brown 82 UK Actor
12 Jonathan Brandis 27 US Actor
12 Whitfield Cook 94 US Screenwriter
12 Kay E. Kuter 78 US Actor
12 Penny Singleton 95 US Actress
14 Gene Anthony Ray 41 US Actor
15 David Holt 76 US Actor
15 Dorothy Loudon 78 US Actress
16 Albert Nozaki 91 Japan Art Director
18 Michael Kamen 55 US Composer
20 Robert Addie 87 UK Actor
23 Patricia Burke 86 UK Actress
24 Michael Small 64 US Composer
26 Gordon Reid 64 UK Actor
27 Norman Burton 79 US Actor
28 Edmund Hartmann 92 US Screenwriter
30 Earl Bellamy 86 US Director
December 2 Suzanne Cloutier 80 Canada Actress, Producer
3 Ellen Drew 88 US Actress
3 David Hemmings 62 UK Actor
7 Robert R. Benton 79 US Set Decorator
10 Sean McClory 79 Ireland Actor
14 Jeanne Crain 78 US Actress
16 Madlyn Rhue 68 US Actress
17 Alan Tilvern 85 UK Actor
19 Hope Lange 72 US Actress
19 Les Tremayne 90 UK Actor
22 Rose Hill 89 UK Actress
27 Alan Bates 69 UK Actor
29 Earl Hindman 61 US Actor
29 Bob Monkhouse 75 UK Actor
30 John Gregory Dunne 71 US Screenwriter
30 Anita Mui 40 Hong Kong Actress, Singer
30 Patricia Roc 88 UK Actress
31 Peter Donen 50 US Visual Effects Artist
31 Paula Raymond 79 US Actress

Film debuts

References

  1. ^ "2003 Worldwide Box Office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Finding Nemo (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Broder, John M. (2003-11-17). "Schwarzenegger Is Sworn In as Governor of California". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-06-24.