Monday, May 21, 2001

'Shrek' dominates box office

By Erica Werner
The Associated Press

        LOS ANGELES — DreamWorks won ugly at the weekend box office with Shrek, a tale of an ogre with a heart that recorded the second-highest opening ever for an animated film, according to studio estimates Sunday.

        The computer-animated fairy-tale comedy, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow, earned $42.1 million during the weekend. That was second only to the $57.4 million audiences paid to see Toy Story 2 when it debuted over the Thanksgiving 1999 holiday weekend.

        Shrek was also DreamWorks' most successful debut ever, even topping its Oscar-winning Gladiator, which opened at $34.8 million, said Jim Tharp, the studio's head of distribution.

        The weekend's other major debut, the moody romantic drama Angel Eyes, opened in fourth place with $9.5 million. The Warner Bros. film stars Jennifer Lopez as a tough cop saved from gunfire by a mysterious man with a connection to her past, played by Jim Caviezel.

        In second place was last week's No. 1, The Mummy Returns ($20.5 million), which has earned $146.5 million in three weeks..

        A Knight's Tale, out two weeks, was in third place with $10.7 million, for a cumulative total of $32.2 million.

        Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures are to be released Monday.

        The rest of the Top 10: 5. Bridget Jones's Diary, $3.8 million; Along Came a Spider, $2.4 million; Driven, $1.9 million; Blow, $1.3 million; Spy Kids, $1.29 million; and Memento, $1.28 million.


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