Shrek 2 breaks records
The film netted $11.8 million (£6.7 million) in a single day, the biggest midweek opening ever for an animated feature.
The record had been held by "Pokemon: The First Movie" for five years.
A spokesperson for the film's producers, Dreamworks, said these figures "exceeded all of our expectations".
Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz return to provide voices for the main characters in "Shrek 2".
They had a hard act to follow as the the first film took $455 million (£258 million) in cinemas worldwide.
"Shrek 2" also broke the record for the number of cinemas screening a debut - with 4,163 movie theatres featuring the film.
It is due to open in the UK on July 2nd.
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