McKellen is Lord at the box office

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 03 2002 12:00 AM ET

With Sir Ian McKellen's wizard Gandalf in the lead, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring continues to turn in a magical box-office performance. During the five-day holiday weekend, its second weekend in release, the Peter Jackson-directed fantasy epic earned an estimated $58.1 million, comfortably beating Ocean's Eleven, which made off with $25.9 million. Lord is now up to a cumulative box office total of $175.3 million. Also off to a promising start was A Beautiful Mind, in which Russell Crowe's on-screen portrait of the brilliant, schizophrenic mathematician John Forbes Nash deep-sixes Nash's homosexual history. The Hollywood-ized biopic added up $18.7 million over the holiday weekend.