You probably remember Peter Jackson from his two blockbuster trilogies. Jackson derived The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit from J.R.R Tolkien. Currently, his net worth stands at $450 million.
Most of the director’s movies are box office successes. King Kong made about $600 million in sales, and the director earned $20 million. Additionally, Jackson made another $20 million from its collections.
On the other hand, The Lord of the Rings trilogy made over $4 billion, earning him some decent cheddar. But how much was it? Keep reading to learn more about Peter Jackson and how much the revered director made from The Lord of the Rings.
Peter Jackson has enjoyed a lot of success over his illustrious career. He earned many nominations and awards for his films. For instance, both King Kong and The Lord of the Rings earned him two Golden Globe awards. His movies have even won Best Visual Effects in various award shows.
So far, Jackson has received five Academy Awards nominations for his work on The Fellowship of the Ring (one win), The Two Towers (two wins), and Return of the King (three wins).
He also took home a BAFTA award in 2006 for Return of the King.
In 2015, Jackson nabbed an Oscar nomination from The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. However, he lost to Chris Williams and Big Hero Six.
Moreover, his recent movie won five Academy Awards. He received one award for Best Visual Effects and four awards, including Best Costume Design. Jackson’s films are the most awarded works on three different occasions of the 74th, 76th, and 78th Academy Awards.
However, speaking about Oscars, the director said, “To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career, there is no doubt about that. But the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films are not made for Oscars, they are made for the audience.”
Jackson’s Directing Journey
Peter Jackson’s directing journey hasn’t always been a bed of roses. He had some career downtime after the Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong remake made astronomical sales.
As a result, Jackson had to take a sabbatical from films. However, he later returned with a new project, The Lovely Bones and The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
Peter Jackson ranks among the top directors who have grossed over $1 billion globally on film sales. He is cut from the same fabric as Christopher Nolan and James Cameron.
Peter Jackson was born on the 31st of October, 1961. He grew up in Pukerua Bay with his parents and brother. When he turned 16 years old, he enrolled at Wellington Polytechnic to study film production.
Despite attending college for five years (he graduated in 1981), Peter Jackson didn’t like it much. All the same, he continued his education and enrolled at another college. This time, it was to understand medieval warfare better to make the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Peter Jackson is currently married with two children. He has lived all over New Zealand, from Wellington to Auckland and Pukerua Bay to Miramar.
Peter recalls that he was first interested in directing when he saw the television for the first time. Television captured his imagination and obsession with special effects.
In a revealing interview, Jackson said, “It was a Friday evening. I was nine years old, and I was watching King Kong on TV. That night I understood what I will become.”
How Much did Peter Jackson get Paid for the Lord of the Rings
Peter Jackson made $180 million from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Initially, the movie made over $4 billion in one of the most successful projects in movie history.
The Hobbit trilogy also made $480 million at the box office. Still, it grossed over $12 billion with its extended DVD and Blu-ray sales and digital downloads.
Peter Jackson became a director after he completed his education at film schools in New Zealand. He collaborated with Weta Digital to make The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Peter Jackson worked on the screenplay of The Lord of the Rings, which he co-wrote with Phillipa Boyens.
Jackson’s team won one Oscar for Best Visual Effects and four Oscars, including Best Costume Design, at different award shows over three years.
Peter Jackson is currently working on his next movie Mortal Engines based on Philip Reeve’s book of the same name.