Not even the awesome forces of nature could knock DreamWorks’ Shrek 2 from the top of the box office over the three-day weekend. The animated sequel brought in another $92 million in its second week, bringing its total to nearly $257 million and pulling out a surprising win over newcomer The Day After Tommorrow, Twentieth Century Fox’s highly anticipated summer effects flick.
Shrek 2, which last weekend had the biggest opening of any animated movie ever, managed to add another record this week by grabbing the biggest Memorial Day weekend gross in history. The CG comedy just barely edged out Universal’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park ($90.1 million). The Day After Tomorrow comes in at No. 3 on that list, just barely ahead of Universal’s Jim Carey comedy Bruce Almighty ($85.7 million).
The Day After Tomorrow, a worst-case scenario treatment of the effects of global warming, was no disaster either, opening to $86 million domestically and $155 million worldwide. The film was directed by Independence Day helmer Roland Emmerich and features visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic, Digital Domain, Hydraulx, Ring of Fire Studios, Zoic Studios and The Orphanage under visual effects supervisor Karen E. Goulekas (Godzilla, Eight Legged Freaks). Read the June issue of Animation Magazine to get an inside look at how Mother Nature’s fury was unleashed on the big screen.
Coming in at No. 3 in its third week out is Warner Bros.’ big-budget sword-and-sandal epic Troy, which crossed well over the $100 million mark with help from a healthy $15 million Memorial Day weekend take. Rounding out the top five are Buena Vista’s Kate Hudson comedy, Raising Helen, with $14 million and MGM’s Urban farce, Soul Plane, with $7 million.