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  Lord of the Rings to topple Potter
Updated 19 December 2001, 08.07
The hobbits are going up against Potter
The most popular film in the UK is finally set to change, with the first part of the Lord of the Rings hitting cinemas on Wednesday.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has sat at the top of the charts for five weeks since it was released, but that run is expected to come to an end.

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Almost 50m of tickets have been bought by people seeing Harry Potter in the UK, but Lord of the Rings may sell even more.

Three films cost more than 200m

Experts on cinema think The Fellowship of the Ring, which is nearly three hours long, will sell more tickets around the world.

The three films in the Rings trilogy were all filmed in one go in New Zealand and cost more than 200m.

The other two will be released in 2002 and 2003.03.

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