Leonardo DiCaprio had his butt kicked by tiny, peace-loving hobbits — twice — over the weekend.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was #1 at the box office for the second week in a row, shattering December records, taking in $48.9 million and besting both "Catch Me If You Can" (#2 with $30 million) and "Gangs of New York" (#5 with $11.2 million).
Unlike most sequels, "The Two Towers" is outperforming its predecessor. The film set single-day-opening and opening-weekend records for December last week, now breaking the record for second-weekend total for a December release. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" has made over $200 million since it was released, according to studio estimates.
And while "Catch Me If You Can" may have been eclipsed by the box-office might of the hobbits, elves and orcs, director Steven Spielberg's true-crime caper (see "Hanks Gushes Over DiCaprio At 'Catch Me If You Can' Premiere") still performed well, taking in $30 million over the weekend and $48.6 million since Christmas Day. Meanwhile, DiCaprio's long-delayed Martin Scorsese-directed epic, "Gangs of New York," is still a long way from recouping its reportedly $98 million budget, having made only $30.1 million in 10 days of release.
The Sandra Bullock/ Hugh Grant romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice" overtook the similarly themed "Maid in Manhattan," coming in at #3 with $16.1 million for a two-week $43.6 million total. J. Lo's maid-turned-socialite Cinderella story (see " 'Manhattan' Gives J. Lo Newfound Respect For Maids" ) was #4 with $13 million ($57.4 million, three weeks).
The rest of the weekend's top 10 includes "Drumline" at #6 with $8.3 million ($36.8 million, three weeks); "The Wild Thornberrys Movie" at #7 with $7.4 million ($18.4 million, two weeks); "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (see "Can 'Harry Potter' Stars Avoid Child Actor Doom?") at #8 with $6.5 million ($240.3 million, seven weeks); Rob Schneider's "The Hot Chick" at #9 with $4.8 million ($22.2 million, three weeks); and "Die Another Day" at #10 with $4.4 million ($146.7 million, six weeks).
Just outside of the top 10: "Star Trek: Nemesis" (see " 'Star Trek' Crew Talks 'Nemesis'; 'Hot Chick,' J. Lo Also In Theaters") at #11 with $4.1 million ($33.9 million, three weeks) and "The Santa Clause 2" at #12 with $2.3 million ($135.6 million, nine weeks).