New Line's <I>Two Towers</I> Takes January6 Feb, 2003 By: Brendan Howard
After everyone was done singing “Fiiiive gooolden riiings,” they went to theaters for a different ring -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers -- and gave New Line No. 1 box office market share for the period from Jan. 3 to Jan. 26.
Towers made $72.8 million and Nicholson starrer About Schmidt brought in $34.3 million for New Line, putting the studio a whopping $27 million above No. 2 market-share winner Warner Bros.
Warner's biggest hits were Kangaroo Jack ($35.1 million), Two Weeks Notice ($31.1 million) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($11.5 million).
In third place was Miramax, with strong performances from Chicago and Gangs of New York.
Maid in Manhattan, National Security and the first release week of Darkness Falls helped Sony to No. 4 market share.
Just $575,069 separated Sony from No. 5 market-share winner DreamWorks, which had the $68.7 million Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can and another $1.3 million from long-lasting The Ring.