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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Shrek hits $200m mark
Shrek stars an ugly, fat ogre
Shrek the ugly ogre is voiced by Mike Myers
The computer-animated fairytale Shrek is the first film of 2001 to make $200m (142m) at the US box office, after just five weeks on general release.

Shrek is now behind three Disney films in the all-time list of animated blockbusters.

Only The Lion King (222m), Toy Story 2 (175m) and Aladdin (154m) have earned more money.

Lord Farquaad in Shrek
Lord Farquaad tortures the Gingerbread Man
"But it's going to move up the ladder," insisted Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the box office.

Shrek is showing at 3317 screens in the US, more than any other film currently on release.

Shrek took a mere 33 days to reach the $200m mark, while others, such as Toy Story 2 and Mission: Impossible 2, took at least six days longer.

Evil lord

The movie features an ugly, flatulent green ogre with a Scottish accent (Mike Myers) looking for love with a talking donkey for a companion (Eddie Murphy).

He meets the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and does battle with the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).

Shrek is a pet project of Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the co-founders of DreamWorks SKG.

Katzenberg had a long and very public legal battle with Disney, his former employers and animated film rivals, when he left the studio.

The Princess
The princess is voiced by Cameron Diaz
Disney is doing badly by comparison.

This week, Disney executive Peter Schneider stepped down after just 17 months in the job, following a series of poor box-office returns.

The mega-budgeted Pearl Harbor has been roundly panned by critics, resulting in less-than-expected business at cinemas.

The latest Disney animation Atlantis: The Lost Empire had a moderate opening weekend, and took less in sales than the home video rental debut of Tom Hanks' Cast Away.

Only three films grossed more than $200m at US theatres last year, and just two of them did so in a calendar year.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Mission: Impossible 2 managed it by New Year's day, but Cast Away was a summer release that needed early year screenings to hit the total of $200m.

This year, three pictures are around the $200m mark in the US already: Shrek, The Mummy Returns, and Pearl Harbor.

Shrek is released in the UK on 29th June 2001.

See also:

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Myers' Oscars joke backfires
04 May 01 | Film
Shrek animates Cannes
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Toy Story 2 is 2000's top film
31 Jul 00 | Entertainment
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