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Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK
Shrek shoots to the top
Shrek
Shrek: $200m and still going strong
Animated film Shrek has shot to the top of the UK and Ireland box office, dislodging the science fiction comedy Evolution.

The story of a green ogre and a beautiful princess, the film took 4,686,000 in ticket receipts in its first three days, more than three times its closest rival.

Princess Fiona during stages of development
Princess Fiona during stages of development
The film has already proved hugely successful in the US, where it has taken more than 130m since it was released.

The voices who are supplied by Mike Myers, as Shrek, while Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy's provide the voices for Princess Fiona and Donkey.

The film looks set to become the most successful animated film ever, overtaking The Lion King, which earned 222m.

Fade

There were no other new entries in the top 10 with Bridget Jones's Diary the biggest earner - taking almost 40m in the three months since it was released and at number five.

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz provides the voice of Princess Fiona
The British film Croupier, which was re-released in cinemas after performing well in the US, took the 13th spot, earning 41,000.

Pearl Harbor continues to fade at the UK box office, with takings down 21% on the previous week at number three in the chart.

The Mummy Returns is at number four in the box office chart.

On Friday, the action adventure film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie, opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

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