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Towers Still Lord of Box Office

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  • Joan Marie Verba
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2002
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      > Towers Still Lord of Box Office
      >
      > The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers once again secured the top spot
      > at the box office for the weekend of Dec. 27, with an estimated gross
      > of $48.9 million over the post-Christmas period, the Hollywood trade
      > papers reported. This brings the film's total earnings to an epic $200
      > million in 12 days, one week sooner than its predecessor, The Lord of
      > the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. If estimates hold, the film
      > will have tied with Star Wars: Episode II as the second-fastest film
      > to earn $200 million, the trade papers reported. The current record is
      > held by Spider-Man, which took nine days to reach that mark.
      >
      > By contrast, the other major sequel in release, Harry Potter and the
      > Chamber of Secrets, has underperformed the original film by 10
      > percent, although its $6.5 million take at the box office for the
      > three-day period beginning Dec. 27 represented a 49 percent increase
      > over the previous weekend, the trades reported. The weekend total
      > earned the film the number eight spot at the box office and brings the
      > film's overall domestic earnings to a respectable $240 million.
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