With four new major releases in theaters this weekend, it's surprising that none of these films managed a first place finish on opening day. Equally surprising is the fact that two of these films finished outside of the top five. But sure enough, "Shrek Forever After" continues to light up the box office with yet another first place finish, kicking off what's likely to be its third straight weekend victory.
Coming in first with $6.5 million on Friday, "Shrek Forever After" just barely edged out "Get Him to the Greek," which landed in second place with $6.2 million. The Jonah Hill and Russell Brand-starring comedy is looking at an opening performance similar to that of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," the film's 2008 predecessor that earned $17.7 million in its first weekend in theaters. Deadline Hollywood predicts a $17.4 million weekend for "Greek."
Other new releases "Marmaduke" and "Splice" barely made a splash with $3.4 million and $2.7 million, respectively. The availability of younger moviegoers could work in favor of "Marmaduke" on Saturday and Sunday, but it's still an unimpressive result given the film's placement in 3,213 theaters, the widest release of any of the weekend's new movies.
Last week's newcomers "Sex and the City 2" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" remained in the top five on Friday night with fourth and fifth place finishes.
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