'Shrek Forever After' tops Monday, but still much weaker than 'Shrek the Third'.

‘Shrek Forever After’ Leads Monday

on May 25, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's Shrek Forever After continued its run at the top of the box office on Monday with $5.71 million. The fourth installment of the computer animated series from DreamWorks was down 73 percent from Sunday. That was right in line with the 73 percent 2007's Shrek the Third fell on its first Monday. Shrek Forever After has grossed $76.54 million through four days, as the film is clearly under-performing in comparison to its massive pre-release expectations. Shrek Forever After is currently running 42 percent behind the pace of Shrek the Third, while the film's Monday gross was 41 percent weaker than the first-Monday gross of Shrek the Third.

Fellow Paramount release Iron Man 2 finished in second with $2.22 million. The blockbuster sequel was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. Iron Man 2 has now grossed $253.24 million in 18 days. That places the film 11 percent behind the pace of 2007's Spider-Man 3 and 12 percent ahead of 2008's Iron Man. Though Iron Man 2 is still running ahead of Iron Man, its daily grosses have now fallen well behind the respective daily grosses of Iron Man at the same point in its run, as Monday's gross was 28 percent weaker than the respective Monday gross for Iron Man.

Universal's Robin Hood remained in third place with $1.86 million. The big-budget re-teaming of director Ridley Scott with actor Russell Crowe was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 43 percent from last Monday. So far into its run, Robin Hood is displaying fairly average holding power. The film has grossed $68.02 million through eleven days and will cross the $70 million mark either today or Wednesday. Robin Hood continues to perform much stronger internationally and is now on the verge of reaching the $200 million worldwide milestone.

Letters to Juliet claimed fourth for the day with $0.86 million. Summit's romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried was down 62 percent from Sunday and down a slim 25 percent from last Monday, as the film continues to hold up well. Letters to Juliet has grossed a solid $28.19 million in eleven days of release and is set to clear the $30 million mark either Wednesday or Thursday.

Universal's MacGruber was up one spot from Sunday to round out Monday's top five with $0.47 million. The low-budget comedy experienced the day's best daily hold among wide releases, as it was down only 53 percent from Sunday. However, it should be noted that it is fairly commonplace for R-rated comedies to hold up well on their first Monday. Despite the strong Monday hold, MacGruber has grossed a very disappointing $4.52 million in its first four days in theatres.

Tags: MacGruber, Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After

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