Get Him to the Greek finishes in first place for the first time at the daily box office.

‘Greek’ Outpaces ‘Shrek 4’ on Monday

on June 08, 2010 by Daniel Garris

After finishing well behind Shrek Forever After over the weekend, Universal's Get Him to the Greek was able to move into first place on Monday with $2.494 million. That was enough to outpace Shrek Forever After by $68,110 for the day. Greek was down 49 percent from Sunday, which was easily the day's best daily hold among wide releases. That is a good sign for the film's holding power going forward, though it should also be noted that R-rated comedies typically have strong first-Monday holds. Greek was likely also aided a bit on Monday from not facing competition from the NBA Finals, which it faced on Sunday night and will face again tonight. Get Him to the Greek has grossed $20.06 million through four days, placing it 3 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Shrek Forever After had to settle for a close second place with $2.426 million. The computer animated sequel from Paramount and DreamWorks was down 70 percent from Sunday and down 82 percent from last Monday. Yesterday's declines from last Monday for all films were greatly inflated as a result of the Memorial Day holiday last week. Shrek Forever After has grossed $185.66 million through 18 days. The film is running 28 percent behind the pace of Shrek the Third and for each of the past four days has earned lower respective daily grosses than Shrek the Third did at the same point in its run.

Killers placed in third with $1.58 million on Monday. The Lionsgate release starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl was down 60 percent from Sunday. Thus far Killers is performing as expected with a four-day start of $17.42 million. However, the film's early performance is still underwhelming when taking into account its production cost and the star power of its two leads. Killers is currently running 21 percent behind the four-day start of this year's The Bounty Hunter.

Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time claimed fourth place with $1.53 million. The big-budget film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer trailed Killers by just $53,738 for the day. Prince of Persia was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 80 percent from Memorial Day. The film's 11-day domestic total stands at a disappointing $61.15 million, placing it 38 percent behind the pace of 2008's Prince Caspian.

With a gross of $0.99 million on Monday, Marmaduke was down 71 percent from Sunday. The family film from Fox experienced the day's largest decline among wide releases, which points to how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. Marmaduke has grossed a lackluster $12.59 million through four days and is running 6 percent behind the pace of 2007's Underdog.

Tags: Marmaduke, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Killers, Shrek Forever After, Get Him to the Greek

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