Shrek the Third took $122 million in its first weekend,
a record for an animated film in the North American box office. The
Dreamworks picture easily knocked "Spiderman 3" off the top spot;
in its third week the Tobey Maguire picture took $28.5 million.
In third was zombie horror picture "28 Weeks Later", while
fourth was "Disturbia", raking in $5.2 million and $3.7 million
respectively. Rounding off the top five was "Georgia Rule", which
took $3.5 million. But it was the antics of green-skinned "Shrek",
who in the latest film indulges in a bit of gentle king making,
which dominated sales over the three-day weekend period.
The movie, which features Eric Idle and Justin Timberlake as
well as regular stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, is
continuing a good summer season for cinema-takings across the
Two weeks ago "Spiderman 3" stormed to the top of the box office
chart, taking $59 million on its opening day stateside. And next
week sees the release of another enormous Hollywood franchise in
the shape of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End". Film
pundits are predicting more record-breaking for the third big
trilogy-completing picture of the month.