According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith held tight to the top spot with $70 million in its second weekend, while two newcomers, DreamWorks' Madagascar and Paramount's The Longest Yard, arrived with close to $60 million each during the Memorial Day weekend.
Altogether, the four-day holiday frame marked the second-highest-grossing weekend in boxoffice history. The total gross for the 115 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter came to $231.8 million, down 6% from the $247.6 million racked up during the Memorial Day session a year ago, which stands as the biggest weekend on record. The Memorial Day holiday kicks off the official start of the summer boxoffice season, with schools beginning to let out in earnest on the heels of the weekend.
Although it was an impressive showing at the boxoffice overall, it still marked the 14th consecutive down session. Still, looking at the boxoffice on a week-to-week basis (Friday through Thursday), only 12 of those 14 weeks were down from their counterparts last year. That was because of the midweek release this year of two films, most notably Sith, which pulled in a record $50 million on the Thursday it opened, a gross that didn't go into any weekend but lifted the week's total above 2004.