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.
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.