According to The Hollywood Reporter, everyone's favorite wall crawler clung to the top spot for the second consecutive weekend in North America as Sony's Spider-Man 2 caught an estimated $46 million in its boxoffice web. The sophomore weekend gross for the webbed one was off a relatively low 48% from the first three days of the four-day holiday debut a week earlier. The Tobey Maguire starrer has racked up an estimated $257.3 million in just 12 days -- streaking past the $200 million milestone in a record eight days; the $250 million mark in a record 12 days -- and swings toward the $300 million benchmark at a sizzling pace.

Meanwhile, the boxoffice forecast for DreamWorks' Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy looks bright and sunny. The Will Ferrell starrer had a lock on the second spot with an estimated $28 million. The biggest disappointment this weekend was the opening for Buena Vista's King Arthur, the big-budget summer entry from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. "Arthur" debuted in the third slot with an estimated gross of $15.2 million. The total gross since its Wednesday opening is about $23.6 million. Industry observers put the negative cost for the film in the neighborhood of $100 million.

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Brian B.