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NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers towered over the competition this weekend, debuting in first place with $61.5 million. Since opening Wednesday, the well-reviewed sequel has grossed $101.5 million a 25 percent improvement over the first film's debut haul last year. The Sandra Bullock-Hugh Grant romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice premiered at No. 2 with $14.4 million, besting J.Lo's Maid in Manhattan (No. 3 with $11 million). Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated Gangs of New York, meanwhile, landed in fourth place with $9.1 million.