Paramount's Shrek Forever After continued to lead the daily box office on Tuesday with $3.88 million. The fourth installment of the computer animated franchise from DreamWorks has now led the daily box office for ten of the past twelve days. Yesterday saw Shrek Forever After clear the $150 million mark, as the film has now grossed $150.69 million domestically. Shrek Forever After was down 72 percent from its performance on Memorial Day, which is a bit stronger than the 74 percent daily slide 2007's Shrek the Third experienced at the respective point in its run. Though it is still running 32 percent behind the pace of Shrek the Third, Tuesday saw Shrek Forever After post a larger respective daily gross than Shrek the Third for the first time in its run.
After a disappointing five-day start, Warner's Sex and the City 2 held up very well for the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The sequel placed in second with $3.46 million, which was down 41 percent from Monday. That represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Though Sex and the City 2 is still likely to experience large weekend declines going forward, the film could hold up well during the summer midweeks, much like Sex and the City did back in 2008. The six-day gross for Sex and the City 2 stands at $54.50 million, placing it 26 percent behind the pace of Sex and the City and 21 percent behind last year's Terminator Salvation.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time finished in third with $3.08 million. Disney's big-budget adaptation of the popular video game series was down 60 percent from Monday. That represented a very solid hold for the day after Memorial Day weekend and could suggest that early word of mouth is fairly positive, especially on the heels of a nice Memorial Day hold on Monday. With that said, Prince of Persia has still grossed an underwhelming $40.89 million through its first five days, but the film could prove to be less front-loaded than most recent high-profile Memorial Day weekend releases.
Iron Man 2 took fourth place with $1.39 million. Paramount's blockbuster superhero sequel was down 70 percent from Monday and down a very respectable 23 percent from last Tuesday. Iron Man 2 was especially front-loaded during the beginning of its run, but has displayed much stronger holding power as of late. The film has grossed $281.04 million through 26 days, leaving it just $18.96 million away from reaching the $300 million milestone.