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.

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'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.

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