Box Office: 'Shrek Forever After' wins, but the numbers disappoint

"Shrek Forever After," billed as the last installment in the franchise, took the top spot at the box office this weekend, as expected. However, with just $71.3 million made, it's seen as a disappointment.

The second and third "Shrek" movies opened with $108 million and $121 million, respectively. Because "Shrek Forever After" is a 3-D movie, tickets sell for as much as $20 in some theaters, so numbers were expected to be much higher. Has "Shrek" run its course?

The weekend's other new release, "MacGruber," bombed significantly, making only $4.1 million in 2500 theaters despite good reviews and a big marketing campaign.

The top ten grossing films of the weekend are as follows:

  1. "Shrek Forever After" - $71.3 million
  2. "Iron Man 2" - $26.6 million
  3. "Robin Hood" - $18.7 million
  4. "Letters to Juliet" - $9.1 million
  5. "Just Wright" - $4.2 million
  6. "MacGruber" - $4.1 million
  7. "Date Night" - $2.8 million
  8. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" - $2.2 million
  9. "How to Train Your Dragon" - $1.8 million
  10. "Kites" - $953,000
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