June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

BOMBY WEATHER

Despite loud sirens from critics, audiences did not seek cover from Pearl Harbor. The Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay WWII-apalooza emerged from its Memorial Day foxhole with the biggest four-day opening ever for a non-sequel. Nevertheless, due largely to its three-hour running time, Harbor’s $75.2 million fell short of the overall holiday weekend record, The Lost World: Jurassic Park’s $90.2 million in 1997. Meanwhile, Shrek continues to swamp its competition. The ogre added $55.2 million to its booty-haul, putting it on pace to challenge longtime animation ruler, The Lion King. And in its final weekend before expanding wide, Moulin Rouge earned $264,570 on only two screens.

TOP 20 NO. WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 PEARL HARBOR Touchstone $75.2 3,214 $23,391 1 $75.2 2 SHREK DreamWorks $55.2 3,623 $15,240 2 $111.8 3 THE MUMMY RETURNS Universal $19.0 3,553 $5,360 4 $170.7 4 A KNIGHT’S TALE Columbia $9.1 2,964 $3,074 3 $44.3 5 ANGEL EYES Warner Bros. $6.2 2,407 $2,578 2 $18.5 6 BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY Miramax $4.2 1,741 $2,405 7 $62.4 7 ALONG CAME A SPIDER Paramount $2.1 1,408 $1,500 8 $70.6 8 MEMENTO Newmarket $2.0 531 $3,719 11 $14.5 9 SPY KIDS Dimension $1.3 1,301 $997 9 $105.2 10 BLOW New Line $1.2 733 $1,696 8 $51.6 11 DRIVEN Warner Bros. $1.2 1,523 $806 5 $31.0 12 CROCODILE DUNDEE IN L.A. Paramount $1.0 1,214 $788 6 $23.8 13 THE TAILOR OF PANAMA Columbia $0.7 434 $1,683 9 $12.5 14 THE GOLDEN BOWL Lions Gate $0.5 117 $3,992 5 $1.2 15 SAVE THE LAST DANCE Paramount $0.5 320 $1,450 20 $89.9 16 CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Sony Pictures Classics $0.5 312 $1,476 25 $126.7 17 TRAFFIC USA Films $0.4 296 $1,247 22 $123.6 18 WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY… Miramax $0.4 67 $5,312 6 $1.5 19 KINGDOM COME Fox Searchlight $0.4 291 $1,220 7 $22.6 20 JOE DIRT Columbia $0.3 331 $1,010 7 $27.0

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF MAY 25-28. *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

BIG IN PRAGUE

While Pearl Harbor is lighting up box offices in the U.S., another film about World War II flyboys recently made its own waves overseas. Dark Blue World, a romantic drama about Czech pilots flying combat missions for the British Royal Air Force, drew almost 89,000 ticket buyers and earned $200,000 its opening weekend (May 17-21) in the Czech Republic. To Americans accustomed to nine-figure grosses, these may sound like astonishingly low figures, but in a country of just 10.3 million citizens it’s enough to set a new box office record–and more than twice as much as Titanic earned its first weekend in the former Soviet satellite. Dark Blue World is the latest movie from director Jan Sverak, who won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1997 for Kolya.

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