‘Just Married’ Knocks Down ‘Two Towers’

Ashton Kutcher/ Brittany Murphy flick #1 at box office.

Who knew two bubbly young stars could knock down “The Two Towers”?

Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy’s “Just Married” debuted in the #1 spot at the box office over the weekend, taking in $18 million and knocking “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” from the top slot for the first time since it was released.

“The Two Towers” landed at #2 with $14.9 million in its fourth week in theaters. The fantasy sequel, the second part in a trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic books, has made $238.6 million so far. Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Catch Me If You Can,” which has trailed “The Lord of the Rings” since it was released three weeks ago, was right behind it at #3 with $14.8 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed flick has earned $119.5 million.

“Just Married” was one of three romantic comedies in the top 10, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant’s “Two Weeks Notice” came in at #4 with another $6.7 million toward its four-week $78.8 million total, while the Jennifer Lopez/ Ralph Fiennes flick “Maid in Manhattan” took the #7 spot with $5 million. J. Lo’s latest film has made $83.7 million in five weeks of release.

The rest of the weekend’s top 10 includes “About Schmidt” at #5 with $6.2 million, for a four-week $21.4 million total; “Chicago” at #6 with $5.6 million ($17 million, three weeks); “Gangs of New York” at #8 with $5 million ($55 million, four weeks); “Antwone Fisher” at #9 with $3.8 million ($10.4 million, four weeks) and “Adaptation” at #10 with $2.7 million ($3 million, four weeks). Golden Globe nominees “About Schmidt,” “Chicago” and “Adaptation” (see ” ‘Chicago’ Leads Pack Of Golden Globe Noms; Eminem Nabs Only One” ) played in limited theaters (865, 362 and 560, respectively). By comparison, “Just Married” was available in 2,764 places.