This Shrek kind of sucks, actually, but whatever. The $43 million became an estimated $55 million by the end of Monday -- a nice hold for the third sequel, which opened to $71 million the previous weekend. The middling Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time opened to a similarly middling $37 million in second place -- not chopped liver, but not ideal for the expensive film. Sex and the City 2, perhaps reeling somewhat from its critical drubbing (and how!) was in a virtual tie with Prince over the four-day weekend, but its Thursday opening brought the 5-day total to $51 million. (The first film opened to $57 million over three days.) Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood continued to hold up okay; the former will get to $300 million in the next couple weeks, and the latter will at least reach the $100 million mark while doing better overseas.'Shrek' better than 'Sex' with $43M at box office
Some more talk, and the four-day numbers, after the jump.
Worth noting that this was one of the weakest Memorial Day weekends in history, box-office-wise -- the worst since 2001 in terms of raw numbers, and probably the worst ever in terms of attendance. I won't be attempting to fit this factoid into some theory of Hollywood's decline; the simple explanation is that there wasn't much of interest on offer. I flew home to spend the weekend with my family, and we couldn't find anything we wanted to see together, or even two movies to see in groups; my father and I went to see Prince of Persia while everyone else walked around the mall.
1 - Shrek Forever After (Dreamworks Animation) - $55.7 ($12,760) - 21% - $145.5
2 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Disney) - $37.8 ($10,368) - new - $37.8
3 - Sex and the City 2 (New Line) - $37.1 ($10,368) - new - $51.4
4 - Iron Man 2 (Paramount) - $20.6 ($5,415) - 22% - $279.2
5 - Robin Hood (Universal) - $13.6 ($4,032) - 28% - $86.3
6 - Letters to Juliet (Summit) - $7.3 ($2,566) - 20% - $38.0
7 - Just Wright (Fox Searchlight) - $2.7 ($2,259) - 37% - $18.7
8 - Date Night (Fox) - $2.3 ($1,998) - 23% - $93.9
9 - MacGruber (Universal) - $1.9 ($746) - 53% - $7.6
10 - How to Train Your Dragon (DW Animation) - $1.5 ($1,776) - 23% - $213.1
Next week: Marmaduke, Killers (which is not being screened for the press as part of a gimmick to get Ashton Kutcher's Twitter followers to go; no, I don't get it either), Get Him to the Greek, and the terrific, under-marketed Splice.