7 movie sequels that outdid the original at the box office
With 'Star Wars' making box office history, we take a look at other times when lightning struck twice in Hollywood.
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
Peter Jackson's second installment in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy came less than a year after the first, taking fans yet again on a fantastic adventure to author J R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.
Combining dramatic storytelling with intense fantasy action, "The Two Towers" manages to deftly cover a number of storylines, including Sam and Frodo's efforts to destroy the One Ring. The film also marks the full introduction of Gollum, a computer-animated character played by English actor Andy Serkis, that helped earn "The Two Towers" an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
Building on strong critical acclaim (the film currently holds a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes), "The Two Towers" became the top grossing film of 2002 with over $339 million at the U.S. box office.