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Monday, 21 May, 2001, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
Shrek shakes up US box office
Shrek stars an ugly, fat ogre
Shrek stars an ugly, fat ogre with low self-esteem
Animated movie Shrek has knocked The Mummy Returns off the top spot at the US box office, according to studio estimates.

The computer-generated fantasy, made by Dreamworks studio, recorded the second-highest opening weekend figures for an animation in the process, earning $42.1m (29.3m).

The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns down to number two
The movie, featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz, is Dreamworks' most successful ever debut, beating even the Oscar-winning Gladiator.

"It really did incredible business," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the box office.

Angel Eyes

"All ages can enjoy this movie and that's really key to its success,'' he added.

The weekend's other major opening, Angel Eyes, starring Jennifer Lopez, took the fourth spot, grossing $9.5m (6.6m).

US box office
1.Shrek
2. The Mummy Returns
3. A Knight's Tale
4. Angel Eyes
5. Bridget Jones's Diary
The Mummy Returns dropped into second place in its third week of release, and earned $20.5m (14.2m) during the weekend.

Shrek is the tale of an ugly, fat and flatulent ogre who suffers from low self-esteem.

In the film the strange, green creature with a Scottish accent captivates the heart of a beautiful princess voiced by Diaz.

Pearl Harbor

Moulin Rouge opened in just two cinemas - prior to a nationwide release - to sold-out crowds and took $165,086. (115,000).

"I've been in the Avco [cinema] four times in the weekend and people were standing and applauding. They love it. It's like a party," said Bruce Snyder, head of distribution at 20th Century Fox.

Pearl Harbor, which opens next week in the US, is expected to take the number one spot.

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