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Hollywood Sets U.S. Box Office Records Over Memorial Day Weekend

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Jun 02, 2002 | 7:53am EDT

Thanks to Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, which held on to the top spot at the box office this weekend, and Spider-Man, which remained in its No. 2 position, overall ticket sales for Memorial Day weekend topped $200 million for the first time.

According to studio estimates issued Monday, the holiday weekend eclipsed last year's record of $186.1 million, with the top 12 films grossing $193.5 million from Friday through Monday.

However, Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations, told The Associated Press the overall box office should come in at about $202 million once final numbers are in for all movies later this week.

For the four days beginning May 24, Clones took in $61.2 million, pushing its 12-day total to $202.5 million.

Spider-Man raked in $36.5 million, pushing its cumulative 25-day total to $334.3 million. The superhero action pic, which set a record for the film quickest to reach the $200 million mark earlier this month, also passed the $300 million point in a groundbreaking 22 days.

A handful of newcomers helped round out the top five, including Insomnia, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Enough.

Al Pacino's thriller Insomnia arrived in third place, pulling in $26.2 million--more than $5 million more than Warner Bros. had estimated in its three-day gross.

Spirit, DreamWorks' traditional animated feature, earned $23 million. The film, with its $80 million production price tag, is expected to gain momentum as school lets out for summer.

Sony's Enough eked by with $17.5 million. In the film, Jennifer Lopez stars as an abused mother trying to escape a dangerous relationship.

Miramax's limited release The Importance of Being Earnest made a solid $470,000 in just 38 theaters, while United Artist's CQ debuted in seven theaters in New York and Los Angeles with a modest $56,000.

Here is a roundup of the top 10:

1. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, $61.2 million

2. Spider-Man, $36.5 million

3. Insomnia, $26.2 million

4. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, $23 million

5. Enough, $17.5 million

6. About a Boy, $10 million

7. Unfaithful, $7.7 million

8. The New Guy, $5.5 million

9. Changing Lanes, $2 million

10.The Scorpion King, $1.9 million

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