After a slower than expected start at the box office, there was a bit of good news for Shrek Forever After on Tuesday. The computer animated sequel from Paramount and DreamWorks grossed $4.69 million for the day, which was down 18 percent from Monday. Though that represented one of the day's larger daily declines among wide releases, it was also a much stronger first-Tuesday hold than either 2004's Shrek 2 or 2007's Shrek the Third experienced (they saw respective first-Tuesday declines of 30 percent and 32 percent). That could be a very good sign for Shrek Forever After heading into the upcoming holiday weekend. The five-day total for Shrek Forever After stands at $81.23 million, placing it 41 percent behind the pace of Shrek the Third. Tuesday's gross trailed the first-Tuesday gross of Shrek the Third by a slimmer 28 percent.
Paramount's Iron Man 2 was also down 18 percent from Monday to remain in second place with $1.81 million. With Victoria Day falling on Monday in Canada, Tuesday holds were weaker than normal for most films. Iron Man 2 was down 49 percent from last Tuesday. The 19-day gross for Iron Man 2 stands at $255.05 million, as it continues to run 11 percent behind 2007's Spider-Man 3 and 12 percent ahead of 2008's Iron Man.
Robin Hood remained in third place with $1.66 million. The big-budget Universal release was down 10 percent from Monday and down 46 percent from last Tuesday. The film has grossed $69.69 million through 12 days of release. That means that Robin Hood will cross the $70 million mark today and places the film on course to clear the $80 million mark sometime over the four-day holiday weekend.
Summit's Letters to Juliet held steady in fourth with $0.89 million. The romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried continues to hold up well, as it was up 3 percent from Monday and down 35 percent from last Tuesday. That represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Letters to Juliet has grossed $29.08 million in 12 days and is set to clear the $30 million mark on Thursday.
While its domestic run is nearing its end, Disney's Alice in Wonderland is now on the verge of reaching the $1 billion worldwide milestone thanks to continued international business. The film has grossed $664.4 million internationally through the end of this past weekend and $332.3 million domestically to date, giving the film a worldwide total of $996.7 million. Alice in Wonderland is currently the top film in Japan, where it has grossed an impressive $106.9 million through six weeks of release.