Four Newcomers Can’t Knock Shrek Out of First


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek Forever After topped the box office for a third straight weekend, earning an estimated $25.3 million to take its three-week total to $183 million. Overseas, the fourth and final installment has brought in $68.5 million, but it has yet to open in most of Europe and Latin America because of the World Cup which starts Friday, June 11. Shrek Forever After cost about $165 million to make.

Of the four newcomers, Universal’s Get Him to the Greek performed best in second with an estimated $17.4 million from 2,697 theaters. Averaging $6,460 per theater, the Nick Stoller-directed comedy cost $40 million to produce. The Judd Apatow-produced film stars Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs and Elisabeth Moss.

Lionsgate action comedy Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, opened in third place to $16.1 million from 2,859 theaters, an average of $5,631. Directed by Robert Luketic, the film was made for about $65 million.

Dropping a spot to fourth and 53.8% in ticket sales, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time added $13.9 million its second weekend for a total of $59.5 million. Overseas, the video game adaptation has earned $156.4 million for a worldwide total of $215.9 million.

New Line/Warner Bros.’ Sex and the City 2 suffered a bigger 59.2% drop in sales its second weekend and slid to the fifth spot with $12.7 million. The $100 million-budgeted sequel has collected $74.4 million domestically so far. Internationally, the film took first place with $45 million and has earned $90 million to push its worldwide total to $164.4 million.

20th Century Fox’s Marmaduke, an adaptation of the comic strip, debuted in sixth place with $11.3 million from 3,213 theaters. The film was made for about $50 million.

Paramount and Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2 dropped to the seventh spot and brought in another $7.8 million its fifth weekend for a domestic total of $291.3 million. Its overseas sum has reached $288.4 million for a worldwide total of $579.7 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures sci-fi thriller Splice opened in eighth place with $7.5 million from 2,450 theaters. The $30 million film stars Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chaneac.

Universal’s Robin Hood earned $5.1 million in ninth for a four-week total of $94.3 million, while its foreign gross has reached $172 million. That’s a worldwide total of $266.3 million.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.