Advance Tickets For The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Go On Sale November 22

Los Angeles, CA, November 21, 2002 – To keep pace with the mounting anticipation of the December 18, 2002, release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central film in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, New Line Cinema has forged an unprecedented agreement with exhibitors to begin advance ticket sales on November 22, four weeks ahead of release. The announcement was made today by David Tuckerman, New Line’s president, domestic theatrical distribution.

Box office presales will be available both at theater box offices across the US and Canada, and the official movie website, commencing twice as early with The Two Towers as was done in 2001 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Last year’s release broke presale records around the world, with online sales ultimately representing 8.25% of the film’s domestic opening weekend. The film went on to gross $860 million worldwide.

“The fan base has exploded since the release of the first film, with skyrocketing DVD sales and increased pressure on exhibitors to make The Lord of the Rings tickets available throughout the Christmas season,” Tuckerman said. “It is incredibly encouraging to have this kind of pressure for tickets this far out.”

New Line Cinema presents The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Peter Jackson’s epic adventure scheduled to open December 18, 2002. The trilogy represents an unprecedented undertaking – three films made simultaneously over a year and a half of production. The first film in the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was released December 19, 2001, to widespread critical acclaim and garnered $860 million worldwide. The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, more than any other film in 2001, and won four.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers stars (in alphabetical order) Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Karl Urban, David Wenham, and Elijah Wood.

New Line Cinema presents a Wingnut Films Production, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, directed by Peter Jackson. The screenplay, by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair and Jackson, is based on the classic trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film is produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne. Also executive producing is Mark Ordesky. The director of photography is Andrew Lesnie, A.C.S. The production designer is Grant Major. Michael Horton is the editor. The co-producers are Rick Porras and Jamie Selkirk.

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