The Hobbit hero made life hairy for Hugh and Sandra, Leo and his gang, and Eliza Thornberry and her talking chimp as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers trampled all new competition to dominate the weekend box office, earning an estimated $61.5 million.
The second stage in the J.R.R. Tolkien epic journey to Mordor continues to lord it over the first movie. The weekend haul, following up on the $26 million opening day, was 25 percent higher than the $47.2 million earned last year by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’s first Friday to Sunday.
The sequel has now reached $101.5 million since its Wednesday opening, besting by more than 30 percent the first movie’s five-day take. Although business dropped down to $14 million Thursday, it picked up to $20 million Friday, rose to $23 million Saturday and only fell to $18 million Sunday. Released at 3,622 sites (compared to 3,359 for the original movie) the per-screen average was a tightly packed $16,980. (Additionally the movie has already racked up another $85 million overseas.)
With more than 46 percent of the cineplex crowds opting to follow Frodo, Samwise, Legolas, Gimli and Aragon as they battled the evil wizards and Orcs, the debuting movies were literally thrown to the Wargs.