Lord of Rings: Fellowship of the Ring finished number one at the U.S. domestic box office for the third week in a row, earning some $23 million and pushing its cumulative total past $200 million in just 19 days. The Peter Jackson-directed fantasy epic also took the 'Best Picture' Award at the first annual American Film Institute Awards Show. While this doesn't guarantee even an Oscar nomination, winning the first of these annual award derbies (the Golden Globes and Oscars will follow) certainly indicates that the film is in line for a number of Academy Award nominations. Many box office prognosticators are estimating that by the time the Oscar nominations are announced, LOTR will have made its way into the top 10 list of all-time box office champions. For retailers the significance of a number of Academy Award nominations means that the film will continue to play in a number of theaters through March and attract a wider audience.
Wins Inital AFI Best Picture Award
Posted by ICv2 on January 6, 2002 @ 11:00 pm CT
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