''Shrek 2'' breaks box office records
''Shrek 2'' breaks box office records. The movie enjoys the biggest animated opening and biggest single day of business ever
”Shrek 2”’s box office victory was a foregone conclusion; the only question was: Just how much green would the ogre gross? Answer: $104.3 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates, and $125.3 million total since it opened last Wednesday. That fairy-tale opening, on an unprecedented 4,163 screens, set a number of records, giving the sequel the biggest five-day opening ever (ringing up slightly more than ”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”’s $124.1 million), the biggest opening weekend ever for an animated movie (far out-netting ”Finding Nemo”’s $70 million), and the biggest single day of business ever on Saturday, earning $44.8 million, beating ”Spider-Man,” which ensnared $43.6 million on its second day of release.
Last week’s box office victor, ”Troy,” was brought to heel on receipts of $23.8 million, a drop of about half from last week’s take. Third-place ”Van Helsing” scared up another $10.1 million, another 50 percent drop, and just barely cracked the $100 million mark after its third weekend in release. Rounding out the top five were ”Mean Girls” ($6.9 million) and ”Man on Fire” ($3.5 million). Meanwhile, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary ”Super Size Me,” about his 30-day all-McDonald’s diet, broke into the top 10 in 10th place, grossing $953,400. It’s good for theater owners that ”Super Size Me” is selling tickets; we bet they’re not selling too much popcorn or nachos wherever this movie is playing.