Neither the fabled King Arthur nor the legendary Ron Burgundy could unseat the amazing Spider-Man at the North American box office over the weekend. Despite a steep 48% drop off in its second week, Spider-Man 2 easily outperformed two big newcomers and held onto the top spot with an estimated $46 million.
Sony Pictures’ expensive Spidey sequel has slung into the profit margin and has done so in record time, reaching the $250 million mark faster than any other film in history. The digitally enhanced superhero flick is also proving to be a hit overseas having taken in around $53 million in 50 territories. Spider-Man 2 is even out-pacing Shrek 2, which has netted about $250 million in foreign markets.
With Shrek 2 still in the top ten domestically at around $418 million after eight weeks, DreamWorks is on a roll. The studio’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy raked in an estimated $28 million to take the co-anchor position. The Will Ferrell comedy proved that laughs are mightier than the sword by trouncing fellow newcomer King Arthur from Buena Vista Pictures. The $130 million Jerry Bruckheimer treatment of Arthurian legend only managed to lance an estimated $15 million for a third place finish. Lions Gate’s Fahrenheit 9/11 came in fourth with around $11 million and New Line’s The Notebook rounded out the top five with an estimated $6.5 million.
This weekend, Twentieth Century Fox will make a bid for box office supremacy with the release of the Will Smith sci-fi vehicle I, Robot, featuring computer animation by Digital Domain, Weta Digital, Rainmaker Digital, Pixel Magic and others.