Not a raucous rock star, a talking dog, a mutant creation nor Ashton Kutcher could save the box office this weekend. For despite their valiant efforts, Get Him to the Greek, Killers, Marmaduke and Splice (2009) had nothing on a green ogre this soft weekend at the movies. Greek got the closest to knocking Shrek off the perch he has held now for three weekends but even the Russell Brand, Jonah Hill-starring comedy came in some $8 million beneath Dreamworks Animation's final installment of the high-grossing animated franchise.
Shrek Forever After grossed $25.3 million this frame, down 42 percent since Memorial Day weekend. The film has now earned $183 million but that pales in comparison to its past two predecessors. If the film can't cross the original Shrek's $267 million, it will end up being the lowest-grossing movie of the series. Get Him to the Greek earned an estimated $17.4 million in its opening weekend in theaters. From writer/director Nicholas Stoller, the R-rated comedy from Universal Pictures generated a per-theater average of $6,460 and a B from exit pollster Cinemascore. The film, budgeted at $40 million, is on track with its predecessor Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which opened to $17.7 million back in April 2008.
Killers, featuring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher as a married couple, opened to a modest $16.1 million despite dismal reviews. Also receiving a B from Cinemascore, the PG-13 rated comedy from Lionsgate generated a per-theater average of $5,632 for a third place finish at the box office. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time landed in the fourth spot for the weekend, earning another $13.8 million for a total cume of $59.4 million. Disney's Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer dropped 54 percent for the frame, not a terrible fall-off considering its Sunday was elevated last weekend due to the Memorial Day holiday. Sex and the City 2 fell 59 percent for the weekend, earning $12.6 million for a total gross of $73.4 million. It's unlikely the film, which held the fifth spot this weekend, will be able to surpass the original, which grossed $152.6 million two summers ago.