Box Office Report

Weathering the Storm

''Shrek 2'' overpowers ''Day'' at the box office -- Both movies had a spectacular Memorial Day weekend, but in the end the ogre and his pals top the chart for a second week

Shrek 2 | WHAT A KICK After just 13 days, ''Shrek 2'' is poised to make more money than the original did in its entire run
WHAT A KICK After just 13 days, ''Shrek 2'' is poised to make more money than the original did in its entire run

''Shrek 2'' continued to bring in the green over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, earning another $92.2 million, according to studio estimates, to top the box office charts for the second week in a row.

For the Friday-to-Sunday period, the sequel made $73.1 million, a slip of only 33 percent from its debut. After 13 days, ''Shrek 2'' has grossed an unbelievable $256.9 million, almost topping the $267.7 million the first ''Shrek'' earned in its entire run. On Saturday, its 11th day of release, ''Shrek 2'' became the second-fastest film to cross the $200 million mark, behind only ''Spider-Man,'' which accomplished that feat in only nine days two years ago. But its $73.1 million three-day tally topped ''Spider-Man'''s $71.4 million benchmark for the best second weekend ever. If ''Shrek 2'''s numbers hold, this will mark the second-biggest Memorial Day weekend gross for any film ever, just behind ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'''s $92.7 million debut.

Second place went to the new action drama ''The Day After Tomorrow,'' which earned a fantastic $86 million. That's just about equal with last year's No. 1 Memorial Day film, ''Bruce Almighty,'' which opened with $85.7 million. Any other year, the superstorm flick would have easily scored the No. 1 position.

Brad Pitt's ''Troy'' slipped to third place with $15 million, ahead of the new Kate Hudson comedy ''Raising Helen,'' which managed a ho-hum $14 million debut. But the true flop of the weekend has to be Snoop Dogg's ''Soul Plane,'' which saw horrendous reviews and a minuscule $7 million opening over the four-day weekend. Apparently, it's not easy competing against the green.

Originally posted May 31, 2004