Date: 21st August 2003

Lord of the Rings takes Harry Potter record


Pre-release sales of The Lord Of The Rings: 2 Towers (2002) have broken all records at Amazon.

The internet retailer says over 50,000 pre-orders have been taken ahead of the video and DVD's UK release on Tuesday, August 26.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) was the previous record-holder, with 40,000 pre-orders in April.

Released in cinemas in December 2002, The Two Towers has so far taken over 576m around the world.

"It has well and truly knocked Potter off the top spot, and there are still six days to go until the release date," said Amazon media products director Greg Hart.

The DVD version comes in a two-disc package, which includes a preview of the third Lord of the Rings movie, Return Of The King, which is due out in December this year.

Source: Press Release