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“Shrek Forever After” sees less green, “MacGruber” trips at B.O.

Hollywoodnews.com: “Shrek Forever After” bowed to the top spot at the boxoffice with $71.25 million, falling short of its $100 million predictions. Opening for the DreamWorks animated film distributed by Paramount is 41% off of the bow for the third installment of “Shrek” which continues to hold the record for the highest animated opening ever at the domestic B.O. with $121.6 million. 61% of the gross for “Shrek Forever After” came from its 3D theaters.

Opening also doesn’t play well for DreamWorks Animation which has been getting hit by Wall Street lately for its less-than-steller B.O. bows. “How to Train Your Dragon,” though it’s doing fine at the B.O. with $210.6 million, failed to impress investors with its $40 million-plus bow back in March.

The weekend’s second wide release “MacGruber” bombed in sixth place with $4.1 million. While the film will likely make money on its $10 million budget, it doesn’t bode well for the “Saturday Night Live” franchise, which was looking to jumpstart its brand with the Will Forte satirical film. “Wayne’s World” continues to be the highest grossing “SNL” film of all-time with $121.7 million.

Rest of the top 10 is as follows:

1. Shrek Forever After (Paramount): $71.25 million in its first weekend at 4,359 theaters. $16,345 theater average. Domestic total: $71.25 million.

2. Iron Man 2 (Paramount): $26.6 million down 49% in its third weekend at 4,177 theaters. $6,368 theater average. Domestic total: $251.3 million.

3. Robin Hood (Universal): $18.7 million down 48% in its second weekend at 3,505 theaters. $5,355 theater average. Domestic total: $66.1 million.

4. Letters to Juliet (Summit): $9.1 million down 33% in its second weekend at 2,975 theaters. $3,059 theater average. Domestic total: $27.4 million.

5. Just Wright (Fox): $4.225 million down 49% in its second weekend at 1,831 theaters. $2,307 theater average. Domestic
total: $14.6 million.

6 MacGruber (Universal): $4.1 million in its first weekend at 2,551 theaters. $1,607 theater average. Domestic total: $4.1 million.

7. Date Night (Fox): $2.825 million down 26% in its seventh weekend at 1,869 theaters. $1,512 theater average. Domestic total: $90.7 million.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Warner Bros.): $2.285 million down 51% in its fourth weekend at 2,125 theaters. $1,075 theater average. Domestic total: $59.9 million.

9. How to Train Your Dragon (Paramountn): $1.85 million down 63% in its ninth weekend at 1,751 theaters. $1057 theater average. Domestic total: $210.9 million.

10. Kites (Reliance/Big Picture): $1.038 million in its first weekend at 207 theaters. $5,013 theater average. Domestic total: $1.038 million.

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