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"Chamber of Secrets' has third-best debut

Published Sep. 4, 2005

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment in the fantasy franchise based on J.K. Rowling's novels, took in $87.7-million, the third-best debut weekend ever, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Chamber of Secrets came in behind the $114.8-million Spider-Man grossed in its first three days last spring and the $90.3-million haul of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a year ago.

Last weekend's No. 1, rapper Eminem's 8 Mile, came in at No. 2 with $21.3-million, down 58 percent from its opening weekend of $51.2-million. The year's surprise blockbuster, the low-budgeted My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is expected to hit $200-million by Tuesday. It was No. 6 over the weekend, grossing $4.7-million to lift its total to $199.6-million.

Landers items up for bid

Fans of Ann Landers can bid for hundreds of items owned by the late columnist, including a typewriter, desk, Cadillac and autographed books.

Eppie Lederer, known as Ann Landers, died in June at the age of 83. Her 11-room Lake Shore Drive apartment in Chicago was filled with possessions that an Elgin, Ill., auction house will put up for bid Saturday and Sunday.

Her electronic IBM typewriter and the desk it sat on will be on the block, along with more than 40 owl statues that people gave Lederer for her wise advice. Her black 1992 Cadillac Brougham with the license plate AL 55 _ for the year she started her column _ will also be sold, said Kevin Bunte, president of Bunte Auction Services.

Other letters and memorabilia will be auctioned Sunday in San Francisco.