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Star Wars, Spider-Man Lead Record Weekend

Star Wars, Spider-Man and a bunch of newcomers lifted Hollywood to a record Memorial Day weekend, with overall revenues expected to top $200 million for the first time.

The top 12 films alone grossed $193.5 million from Friday through Monday, surpassing the record of $186.1 million for all films set last year, the Associated Press reports.

Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones remained the No. 1 movie with $61.2 million over the four-day weekend, putting its domestic total at $202.5 million in 12 days, according to studio estimates Monday. It hit $200 million one day faster than its predecessor, Episode I—The Phantom Menace in 1999. That film had held the record for quickest film to reach the $200 million mark until Spider-Man did it in nine days this month.

Spider-Man remained in second place with $36.5 million, pushing its total to $334.3 million in 25 days.

Debuting at No. 3 with $26.2 million was Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. The animated movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron opened in fourth place with $23 million. Premiering at No. 5 with $17.5 million was Jennifer Lopez's thriller Enough.