Shrek Keeps Seeing Green at Box Office

06/01/2004 at 09:05 AM EDT

Shrek Keeps Seeing Green at Box Office
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The green ogre beat global warming, with Shrek 2 keeping the top spot at the box office over the long holiday weekend, fending off the disaster tale The Day After Tomorrow, according to studio estimates Monday.

But the two movies propelled Hollywood to a record Memorial Day weekend, with the top dozen movies alone making $233.5 million, easily topping the previous best of $202 million for all movies over Memorial Day weekend last year.

If the box-office numbers for Shrek 2 hold up when final figures are released Tuesday, the computer-animated sequel will boast the best Memorial Day weekend gross ever, beating the $90.2 million take for The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, reports the Associated Press.

In its second weekend, Shrek 2 pushed its cumulative earnings to $257 million, allowing it to overtake the $267.7 million domestic total for the first Shrek either Wednesday or Thursday, predicts Jim Tharp, head of distribution for its DreamWorks studios.

Tharp, however, would not predict if it had a shot at beating the $340 million total for rival Disney's Finding Nemo, the box-office champ among animated movies.

Shrek 2 and The Day After Tomorrow, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid, accounted for 76 percent of revenues among the top 12 movies. Meanwhile, the new Kate Hudson comedy Raising Helen, debuted at No. 4 with $14 million, while Brad Pitt's Troy was No. 3 with $15 million.

Soul Plane, about a funky airline, opened poorly, while, in limited release, Jena Malone and Mandy Moore in the satiric Saved!, performed strongly.

The long weekend's Top 10, according to studio estimates, is as follows:

1. Shrek 2, $92.2 million
2. The Day After Tomorrow, $86 million
3. Troy, $15 million
4. Raising Helen, $14 million
5. Soul Plane, $7 million
6. Mean Girls, $6.3 million
7. Van Helsing, $6.2 million
8. Man on Fire, $2.4 million
9. 13 Going on 30, $1.4 million
10. Super Size Me, $1.35 million

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