''Lord of the Rings'' holds on to No. 1 | EW.com


''Lord of the Rings'' holds on to No. 1

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Elijah Wood

(Lord of the Rings: Pierre Vinet)

BOX OFFICE REPORT Tolkien fans, especially repeat moviegoers, are finding ”The Lord of the Rings” a hard hobbit to break. For the second weekend, ”The Fellowship of the Ring” reigned at the box office, grossing $37.3 million. That’s down just 21 percent from last weekend, and it brings the film’s total to $154.5 million in 12 days. For the third straight week, ”Ocean’s 11” held on to the No. 2 spot, grossing $17.3 million, for a total of $128.1 million so far. ”Ali” fought its way to third place with $15.3 million, earning a total of $35.3 million since its record-setting Christmas Day release. It edged out last week’s No. 3, ”Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” which took fourth place with $15 million and has grossed $42.1 million to date. ”Vanilla Sky” dropped one spot to No. 5, taking in $11.5 million and looking unlikely to break $100 million (it’s at $66.5 million so far).

Besides ”Ali,” the only new movie in the top 10 was ”Kate and Leopold” at No. 7. ”A Beautiful Mind,” in its first weekend of wide release, climbed to No. 8. Other top 10 films were ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (No. 6), ”Monsters, Inc.” (No. 9), and ”The Majestic” (No. 10).

According to Exhibitor Relations, 2001’s domestic box office is on target to reach $8.35 billion, easily surpassing last year’s record of $7.7 billion. The year’s top-grossing movie, at this writing, is ”Harry Potter,” with $286.1 million.