Shrek Underperforms, MacGruber Bombs at the Box Office

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It was a rather lukewarm weekend at the box office, with DreamWorks' Shrek Forever After coming in first with an estimated $71.2 million in revenue. Not a bad opening as far as openings go, but with the three previous Shrek movies opening at $100 million or more, it's a sign that the creators might have wanted to stop at three.

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Still, things could be worse, as is the case with SNL's first movie in years, MacGruber, which completely tanked, only earning $4.1 million its opening weekend, not even making it into the top 5. This doesn't bode well for SNL-based films, especially since the early reviews of MacGruber were generally positive.

Coming in second this week, Iron Man 2 earned an additional $26.6 million to bring its total gross to $251.2 million after three weeks. Third place belonged to Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, which brought in $18.7 million, a 48% drop from last weekend, leaving the crusade-era epic with $66 million after ten days on the charts.

In fourth place, Letters to Juliet stayed relatively stable with $9.1 million, down just 33% from opening weekend, grossing a total of $27.4 million. And finally, in fifth place, Just Wright added $4.2 million to come in with a gross of $14.3 million.

Here's a closer look at the top five:

  1. Shrek Forever After - $71,250,000
  2. Iron Man 2 - $26,600,000
  3. Robin Hood - $18,700,000
  4. Letters to Juliet - $9,100,000
  5. Just Wright - $4,225,000

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