Date: 4th June 2001

Pearl Harbor Holds Off Shrek At Box Office

The World War Two epic romance PEARL HARBOR (2001) has clung to the top spot at the North American weekend box office - despite scores of poor reviews.

But the BEN AFFLECK-starring flick is barely holding off the hit cartoon SHREK (2001), according to studio estimates issued yesterday (03JUN01).

Pearl Harbor (2001) grossed about $30 million (21 million) for the Friday-to-Sunday period (01-03JUN01), followed by Shrek (2001) with $28. 4 million (20 million) and the new ROB SCHNEIDER comedy ANIMAL, the (2001) with $19. 8 million (14 million).

After 10 days in release, Pearl Harbor has now pulled in $119. 3 million (85 million), having cost a staggering $140 million (100 million) to produce.

Despite such attacks as "Snore-a! Snore-a! Snore-a!" from the WALL STREET JOURNAL newspaper, audiences appeared more forgiving. Almost three-quarters of viewers said they would definitely recommend it and it is expected to reach $200 million (142 million). (MCM/WNWR)

Source: WENN