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Shrek 3 rakes in 122 million

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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 Atlantic.

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. 

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