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Shrek Makes Estimated $42.1 Million
in Opening Weekend

(May 20, 2001 - by Weekend estimates are in and Shrek was crowned king of the Box Office with a $42.1 million take, topping last year's Dinosaur animated movie by Disney released the same weekend a year ago. That's also more than double DreamWorks Chicken Run release last year, which brought in $17.6 million in its opening weekend.

While the opening of Shrek isn't the biggest in animation history, it is among the top and gives the movie a chance at breaking into the Top 10 Animated Movies of all time list. Shrek's estimated $42.1 million take even beats Disney's The Lion King, which made $40.8 million in its opening weekend in 1994 on its way to becoming the number one highest grossing animated movie of all time. It should be noted, however, that Shrek opened on 1,000 more movie screens than The Lion King did.

Final numbers will be released Monday evening. Visit the dFX Shrek Box Office results page for official box office numbers.

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