Memorial Day weekend saw more box-office records tumble, with Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones holding on to top spot with a $62.1m four-day haul, according to studio estimates. George Lucas's fifth Star Wars instalment has now grossed $202.5m in 12 days becoming the second fastest movie ever to do so behind Spider-Man's nine days. Clones is now the fastest film in the franchise to pass the $200m mark, beating Star Wars: Episode I ' The Phantom Menace by one day.
Meanwhile Spider-Man continued to set new records, clinging to second place with a superb fourth-weekend tally of $36.5m. Columbia's wall crawler passed $300m in a best-ever 22 days, swinging past the previous record of 28 days set by Forrest Gump.
Sam Raimi's Marvel Comics adaptation needs another $23m to overtake Jurassic Park and claim a top five placing in the all-time list. It now has a cumulative gross of $334.3m and is the sixth biggest film of all time in the US, behind Jurassic Park (Universal, $357.1m), E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal, $399.8m), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Fox, $431.1m), Star Wars (Fox, $461m) and Titanic (Paramount, $600.8m).
The combined gross for the top 12 movies from Friday through Monday was $193.5m. This figure is expected to pass $200m by the time all revenues are confirmed, an astonishing amount considering the previous record for Memorial Day weekend was last year's $186.1m, when Pearl Harbor opened at number one with $75.2m.
The weekend's three major new releases all opened strongly, with the Warner Bros thriller Insomnia debuting in third place with $26.2m. British director Christopher Nolan's remake of the 1997 film of the same name opened to rave reviews and stars Al Pacino as a cop on the trail of a killer in Alaska. Robin Williams and Hilary Swank co-star. In fourth place was DreamWorks's Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron on $23m. The animated film about a wild mustang cavorting around America's frontier stars the vocal talents of Matt Damon and garnered decent reviews. Meanwhile Enough, the latest offering from Columbia's high-powered slate, was roundly panned by the critics but managed to open in fifth spot with $17.5m. The psychodrama, which stars Jennifer Lopez as a victim of domestic violence who fights back, is expected to play well among female audiences fatigued with the teen-oriented summer blockbuster fare.
Of the others, Universal's Hugh Grant starrer About A Boy slipped two places to sixth with $10m in its second weekend and has now taken $21.9m while Fox's adult thriller Unfaithful dropped from third to seventh on $7.7m in its third weekend and has a cumulative gross of $41.2m. Seven weeks after its release Paramount's road rage drama Changing Lanes scored a respectable $2m, bringing its cumulative gross to $64.5m. The Scorpion King slipped three places to number 10 with $1.7m in its sixth weekend on release and now has a cumulative gross of $87.9m.
Next week's releases see Ben Affleck assume the mantle of Jack Ryan from Harrison Ford in Paramount's The Sum of All Fears and Universal's Eddie Griffin comedy vehicle, Undercover Brother.
ESTIMATED TOP TEN US MAY 24-27
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated 4-day weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (Fox) Fox International $61.2m $202.5m
2 (2) Spider-Man (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $36.5m $334.3m
3 (-) Insomnia (Warner Brothers) Warner Bros $26.2m -
4 (-) Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (DreamWorks) $23m --
5 (-) Enough (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $17.5m --
6 (4) About A Boy (Universal) $10m $21.9m
7 (3) Unfaithful (20th Century Fox) Fox International $7.7m $41.2m
8 (5) The New Guy (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $5.5m $24.5m
9 (6) Changing Lanes (Paramount) UIP/Mutual $2m $64.5m
10 (7) The Scorpion King (Universal) $1.9m $87.9m