Spider-Man 2: Melissa Moseley
Dave Karger
July 10, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Even in the face of two high-profile newcomers, ”Spider-Man 2” in its second weekend proved the most powerful at the box office. The record-breaking sequel grossed another $46 million, bringing its total to a fantastic $257.3 million.

”Spider-Man 2” did see a 46 percent drop from last weekend, but when you’re one of the top openings of all time, often the only way to go is down. Still, the sequel crossed the $250 million mark in just 12 days, one day faster than the previous record-holder, ”Shrek 2.”

Opening very impressively in second place was Will Ferrell’s newsroom spoof ”Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” which premiered with a strong $28 million. In the days leading up to its Friday debut, ”Anchorman” seemed to steal much of the thunder away from the weekend’s other big opening, ”King Arthur,” which only managed $15.2 million from Friday to Sunday and $23.6 million since hitting theaters last Wednesday. Though ”Arthur” featured the producer (Jerry Bruckheimer) and costar (Keira Knightley) of last summer’s smash ”Pirates of the Caribbean,” audiences were apparently turned off by this film’s much more serious tone.

Michael Moore’s ”Fahrenheit 9/11” held on nicely, slipping 32 percent to $11 milllion. In three weeks, the documentary has grossed $80.1 million and will easily pass $100 million in the next few weeks. And the romance ”The Notebook” re-entered the top five, thanks to a minuscule 12 percent dip to $6.5 million.

The news wasn’t so good for the teen comedy ”Sleepover,” which landed in 10th place with a debut of $4.2 million. Apparently most teen girls were more interested in seeing ”Spider-Man 2” again.

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