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  Lord of the Rings is number one!
Updated 24 December 2001, 11.40
The hobbits
The Lord of the Rings was the most popular film around the world this weekend, but was still no match for Harry Potter!

The first Lord of the Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring, took 31.4 million in the United States and Canada between Friday and Sunday, making it the box office number one.

But Harry Potter took 65.7 million in it's US opening weekend back in November, more than double the takings of Lord of the Rings.

No match for Harry Potter

The film company New Line, who made the fantasy film, said that they never expected it to match Harry potter.

People in fancy dress
People going to the cinema in fancy dress

It's aimed at an older audience and the length of the film (three hours) restricts the number of times that it can be shown in one day.

Many fans went to the film dressed as hobbits and other characters from the film. A spokesperson for New Line said: "People like to be transported into another world, especially at Christmas."

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