New Line’s “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” topped weekend box office rankings for a fourth consecutive frame with an estimated $16.2 million. That brought domestic cume to $228.3 million through 26 days. Combined with an estimated $280 million in foreign B.O. for the Peter Jackson-helmed fantasy, “Rings” now has grabbed more than $500 million worldwide.
Universal/Imagine’s Russell Crowe starrer “A Beautiful Mind” added 369 theaters for a total 2,222 and finished No. 2 on the weekend with an estimated $15.8 million. Perf moved domestic cume to $59 million.
In perhaps the weekend’s most downbeat development, Sony’s “Ali” fell from the top 10 in only its third week. Estimated $3.2 million sesh repped a big 54% drop from the previous frame. [More]