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Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, remained in second place with $21.3 million, lifting its 12-day total to $97.6 million.
TOWERS OF POWER
Lord of the Rings Sequel Passes $262 million
in 19 Days

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was the top film for a third consecutive week, taking in $25.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The middle chapter of the fantasy epic pushed its 19-day total to $261.7 million.

With no big new films releases, box office rankings stayed nearly the same as last week.

Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, remained in second place with $21.3 million, lifting its 12-day total to $97.6 million.

Romantic comedies again held the No. 3 and 4 spots, with Two Weeks Notice grossing $11.6 million and Maid in Manhattan taking in $9 million.

In its first weekend of wide release, Jack Nicholson's About Schmidt climbed to No. 5 with $8.75 million.

Also expanding was the musical Chicago, which came in at No. 9 with $5 million.

As for overall grosses, The Two Towers has passed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which came out a month earlier and has reached a total gross of $252 million. Worldwide, Two Towers has hit $560 million, and distributor New Line hopes it will top $1 billion and become the No. 2 film behind Titanic, which climbed to $1.8 billion.

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