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'Matrix' reloads new box office record
Sequel to 1999 sci-fi hit scores the biggest opening day on record with $42.5M, AOL's Parsons says.
May 16, 2003: 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Matrix: Reloaded" scored the biggest one-day opening in box office history, Dick Parsons, CEO of AOL Time Warner, told shareholders on Friday.

Parsons said "Reloaded," which opened in about 3,600 theaters on Thursday, took in $42.5 million in North America. "To put that in context, that's the largest one day opening in the history of the movie business," he added.

Actress Carrie-Anne Moss plays "Trinity," the movie's kick-ass heroine.

Last year's smash hit "Spider-Man" took in $39 million in ticket sales on its Friday opening. The movie later went on to make over $400 million in the U.S. and $821 million globally, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The original "Matrix" opened in March 1999 and took in only $28 million in its opening weekend. The film went on to take in about $450 million at the box office globally.

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"The Matrix: Revolutions," the third installment of the trilogy, is scheduled for release on Nov. 5, 2003. The two sequels took almost 2 years to complete and cost nearly $300 million.

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