New B.O. record set?

If estimates hold, the total box office last weekend was the biggest in history. The top 12 films earned about $176.5 million, according to Exhibitor Relations, significantly higher than the $171.3-million previous record, set over the Memorial Day holiday last year. Exhibitor Relations chief Paul Dergarabedian told Tuesday’s New York Times that the new record “bodes well for the summer. … There are still a lot of big movies to come.”

The top 10 films for the four-day Memorial Day weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

1. Pearl Harbor, $75.1 million; 2. Shrek, $54.2 million; 3. The Mummy Returns, $19.1 million; 4. A Knight’s Tale, $9.3 million; 5. Angel Eyes, $6.3 million; 6. Bridget Jones’s Diary, $4 million; 7. Along Came a Spider, $2.2 million; 8. Memento, $1.9 million; 9. Blow, $1.3 million; 10. Driven, $1.2 million.