Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban stayed top of the US charts in its second week at theweekend as it added $35.1m for $158.1m according to studio estimates, beatingoff spirited openings by three new releases.
Warner BrosC; family adventure finished some way ahead of the restof the pack, which was led by UniversalC;s The Chronicles Of Riddick on $24.6m.
David TwohyC;s poorly reviewed picture, a sequel to Pitch Black that stars Vin Diesel as anintergalactic fugitive who encounters a greedy despot, averaged $8,922 from2,757 sites. Thandie Newton, Judi Dench and Colm Feore star.
DreamworksC; Shrek 2 fell one place to third on $24m for $354m in its fourth weekend,making it the biggest animated release ever and the ninth biggest picture ofall time.
Despite ominous murmurings of a troubled production in recentweeks, ParamountC;s The Stepford Wives overcame mostly lacklustre reviews to muster a decent$22.2m in fourth place, averaging $7,262 from 2,057 venues.
Nicole Kidman and MatthewBroderick star in Frank OzC;s remake of the 1975 thriller about a town where thewomen are subjected to a sinister plan. Christopher Walken and Bette Midleralso star.
FoxC;s Garfield opened in fifth place on $21.7m, averaging $7,005 from 3,094. Thecritics got the knives out for this live-action/animated mix adaptation of JimDavisC; popular cartoon strip about a sarcastic and lazy feline.
Bill Murray voices Garfield and the picture stars Breckin Meyerand Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Elsewhere FoxC;s The Day After Tomorrow added $14.6m for $153.2m in its fourthweek and fell three to sixth, while Warner BrosC; Troy grossed $3.5m for $125.7m in its fifthweek and slipped three places to eighth.
ParamountC;s teen comedy Mean Girls continued to hold its own with the bigboys but is on the way out now after slipping four to 10th on $1.5m for $81.3min its seventh week.
Next weekendC;s wide releases include Buena VistaC;s Jules Verneadaptation Around The World In 80 Days starring Jackie Chan and the acclaimed British comedianSteve Coogan; FoxC;s comedy Dodegball: A True Underdog Story starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn;and DreamworksC; comedy The Terminal, which stars Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Estimated Top Ten US Jun 11-13 2004
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures Intl$35.1m $158.1m
2 (-) The Chronicles Of Riddick (Universal) UIP $24.6m -
3 (2) Shrek 2 (Dreamworks) UIP $24m $354m
4 (-) The Stepford Wives (Paramount/Dreamworks) UIP $22.2m -
5 (-) Garfield: The Movie (Fox) Fox Intl $21.7m -
6 (3) The Day After Tomorrow (Fox) Fox Intl $14.6m $153.2m
7 (4) Raising Helen (Buena Vista) BVI/Beacon-Summit $3.8m $31.4m
8 (5) Troy(Warner Bros) Warner Bros Pictures Intl $3.5m $125.7m
9 (13) Saved! (UA) Fox Intl $2.6m $3.7m
10 (6) MeanGirls (Paramount) UIP$1.5m $81.3m