HOLLYWOOD, May 27 (UPI) -- The second weekend of "Star Wars: Episode 2 -- Attack of the Clones" easily led a robust box office with an estimated $61.2 million at 3,161 theaters during the Friday-Monday Memorial Day weekend, studio sources said Monday.
The top 10 films grossed $191.6 million, or $16 million more than the same weekend last year when "Pearl Harbor" led with $75.2 million. The top 10 combined was enough to top last year's record of $186.9 million for overall four-day grosses.
With summer season starting, overall business has been exceptionally strong with year-to-date revenues hitting $3.4 billion, over 20 percent ahead of the same point last year.
20th Century Fox's second weekend of "Clones" continued its impressive performance with $202.5 million in its first dozen days. Although it has not matched the stunning business generated by "Spider-Man," the fifth installment of the "Star Wars" saga has already become the 39th highest domestic grosser by topping "The Mummy Returns" and will undoubtedly add at least another $100 million by the time it finishes its run.
"Clones" saw some of its potential business taken away by the continuing popularity of "Spider-Man," which maintained its record-setting drawing power with $36.5 million at 3,876 theaters as the studio boosted the run with 261 more locations. It was the biggest fourth weekend ever, besting the $28.7 million record set by "Titanic" four years ago.
"Spider-Man" has now grossed $334.3 million in 25 days, making it the sixth largest domestic performer of all time behind only "Titanic" at $600.7 million, "Star Wars: Episode 4" at $460.9 million, "E.T. -- The Extraterrestrial" at $434.9 million, "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace" at $431.1 million and "Jurassic Park" at $356.7 million. It needed only 22 days to hit $300 million, breaking the 28-day record set in 1999 by "Phantom Menace."
A trio of openers all generated solid business, led by Warner Bros.' murder mystery "Insomnia" with $26.2 million at 2,610 sites, followed by DreamWorks' animated "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" with $23.1 million at 3,317 theaters and Sony's revenge drama "Enough" with $17.5 million at 2,623 locations.
Each of the new entries was able to operate effectively in the face of the massive business from "Clones" and "Spider-Man" by balancing out the market place and aiming their film to a specific audience. "Insomnia," which received mostly rave reviews, was pushed toward adult moviegoers and fans of Al Pacino while "Spirit" targeted girls and families and "Enough" drew fans of star Jennifer Lopez and young adult females.
Lopez continued to show she is a viable movie star following returns of over $60 million from "The Wedding Planner" and "The Cell." "Enough" had a moderate price tag of $38 million.
Universal's critical favorite "About a Boy" also turned in a solid number in sixth with $10 million at 1,749 theaters in its second weekend as the studio added 542 sites.
Fox's third weekend of "Unfaithful" remained a respectable performer in seventh with $7.7 million at 2,401 theaters to lift its 18-day total to $41 million, followed by Sony's third weekend of low-cost comedy "The New Guy" followed with $5.5 million at 2,374 theaters.
Rounding out the top 10 were a pair of April holdovers with Paramount's seventh weekend of "Changing Lanes" with $2 million at 1,258 screens, edging Universal's sixth weekend of "The Scorpion King" with $1.9 million at 1,527 sites. "Lanes" has topped $64 million and "King" is near $88 million.
On the art-house circuit, Miramax's opening of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" generated strong revenues with $470,000 in 38 theaters.
Business will likely fall off somewhat next weekend from the super-charged levels of the Memorial Day period although two potentially strong new entries are due -- Disney's spoof "Undercover Brother," with Eddie Griffin and Chris Kattan, and Paramount's military drama "The Sum of All Fears" with Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.