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  Rings rakes it in at box office
Updated 21 December 2001, 12.05
Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is proving its power at the box office.

It took a whopping 12.2m on its opening day in America on Wednesday - making it the third biggest film to open on a week day.

The Fellowship of the Ring was beaten by Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Jurassic Park III, which were also released mid-week, instead of the usual Friday.

Upset fans

And it was still not a patch on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which took an incredible 19.6m when it opened on a Friday.

Filmmakers now hope the two sequels, due out in 2002 and 2003, will do just as well at the box office.

But director Peter Jackson has admitted he has made a few changes in the later films, which could upset fans of the original books, written by JRR Tolkien.n.

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