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Lord of the Box Office

20 Dec, 2001 By: Hive News

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring set a record for the highest-ever box office take for a single day in December with $18.2 million on its opening day, executives at New Line Cinema say.

The film also brought in across theaters overseas, garnering $11.5 million in 13 territories, placing it among the top three biggest openings ever in each of those territories. The announcement was made today by,

Additionally, the title also received four Golden Globe Award nominations today, for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Original Score (Howard Shore) and Best Original Song (``May It Be,'' music and lyrics by Enya).

Domestically, the film, which was booked into more than 3,359 theaters, played on over 5700 screens and sold out Tuesday midnight preview shows across the country.

Internationally, the film opened in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Spain and the UK, and broke box office records in Belgium, Norway, South Africa and Sweden.

"This is a wonderful day for us,'' says a statement from New Line co-chairmen and c.e.o.s Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne. ``To have such a strong debut and be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press with these nominations is tremendously gratifying.''

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