Sony's SPIDER-MAN 2 shattered the opening day record yesterday by snaring a stunning $40,442,604M in its web. That's better than SPIDER-MAN's $39.4M debut two years ago, which went on to earn $403.7M as the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. SPIDER-MAN 2 also tagged the best Wednesday opening ever, besting THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING's $34.5M.
However, DreamWorks' SHREK 2 still holds the best overall single-day record of $44.8M. Speaking of which, SHREK 2 became the first animated feature to cross the $400M domestic threshold yesterday, ringing in at $400,977,740. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.