Shrek the Third courtesy Dreamworks Animation Shrek the Third courtesy Dreamworks Animation
Shrek the Third topped the weekend box office with $122 million - my and my sons' $15 included - breaking the franchise's own record for the best debut by an animated feature. (And for skeptics like me, it delivered 18 million ticket buyers to No. 2's 17.4 mil.) Rounding out the top five were Spider-Man 3 ($28.5 mil, $282 mil to date), 28 Weeks Later ($5.15 mil), that plucky little Disturbia ($3.7 mil) and Georgia Rule($3.5 mil). Next up: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which is out to set new records but has two heavyweights already in the ring and will also be hampered by a nearly three-hour running time.