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.