The Hollywood Reporter reports that due to the success of such films as Shrek 2 ($429.2 million cumulative), Spider-Man 2 ($328.5 million cumulative), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($241.8 million cumulative), the summer box office is now running 14 percent ahead of last year, when a new record was set. The first eight weeks of the summer period has seen $2.12 billion pour into the box office, beating the $1.85 billion during the same period a year ago.