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Weekend Box-Office: May 21-23, 2010

May. 23, 2010by: JoBlo


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Shrek 4 disappoints despite #1 finish?

Despite finishing atop the box-office charts this past weekend, with $73M, the fourth installment of the SHREK franchise managed to decrease its opening weekend total from $108M for SHREK 2 and $121M for SHREK 3 (the original SHREK only opened with $42M, but ended up making $267M). Granted, $73M is nothing to sneeze at, but like most franchises in Hollywood, the idea is to keep making more and more money, and in this case, it appears as though the green ogre's money-train might be ending with this latest chapter.

It's to note that this latest installment apparently cost $165M to make, so the film really needs to keep churning out the big bucks, in order to make that up, at least domestically. Some say that the high cost of movie tickets is also to blame for this drop for the SHREK franchise.

The other "summer movie" to open this past weekend was MACGRUBER, which apparently didn't capture anybody's interest with a lowly $4M in its opening weekend. Luckily for the SNL-ers behind it, the film apparently only cost $10M to produce, so at least nobody is going to lose their shirt over the disappointing flick. Oh and another movie simply entitled KITES also opened in 10th place with about $1M. I hadn't heard of the film until a few minutes ago, but seeing as its also known as BRETT RATNER PRESENTS KITES: THE REMIX, I'm not surprised that the movie never crossed our radar.

As for the rest of the top 10, IRON MAN 2 remained strong in 2nd place, with another $27M added to its total, which is now over the $250M mark. If it continues on this pace, it may beat the original film's $318M finish. The 3 films to get booted from the top 10 this week include THE BACK-UP PLAN ($36M), FURRY VENGEANCE ($16M) and THE CLASH OF THE TITANS which is presently the 4th highest grossing movie of 2010 so far, with $161M.

Next week sees the release of 2 possible summer blockbusters including the return of those sex-crazed ladies from New York as SEX AND THE CITY 2 hits the big screen, as well as the debut of the latest attempt at a "videogame turned into a movie" entitled PRINCE OF PERSIA: SANDS OF TIME, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley and plenty of CGI. How much money do you think PRINCE OF PERSIA will generate next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Shrek Forever After $ 71.3 Million
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2. Iron Man 2 $ 26.6 Million $ 251.3 Million
3. Robin Hood $ 18.7 Million $ 66.1 Million
4. Letters to Juliet $ 9.1 Million $ 27.4 Million
5. Just Wright $ 4.2 Million $ 14.6 Million
6. MacGruber $ 4.1 Million
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7. Date Night $ 2.8 Million $ 90.7 Million
8. A Nightmare on Elm... $ 2.3 Million $ 59.9 Million
9. How to Train Your... $ 1.9 Million $ 210.9 Million
10. Kites $ 1 Million
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11:04PM on 05/24/2010

LOL MACGRUBER!

Duh, to all of you morons who thought this was gonna be the next 'Wayne's World'. Guess what? No one watches T.V. anymore!
Duh, to all of you morons who thought this was gonna be the next 'Wayne's World'. Guess what? No one watches T.V. anymore!
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9:05PM on 05/24/2010

Is it me....?

...or is this summer for movie's sucking so far? Although I did see Robin Hood and while I expected it to be more popular overseas money wise than here it was still damn fuckin' good!
...or is this summer for movie's sucking so far? Although I did see Robin Hood and while I expected it to be more popular overseas money wise than here it was still damn fuckin' good!
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3:14PM on 05/24/2010
disappointing for sure, though not unexpected. let's see how it plays out until toy story opens. shrek 4 is a good movie. less stupid pop culture references, more heart. stiltskin right up there with lord farquaad and fairy godmother. $71 million opening feels about right.
disappointing for sure, though not unexpected. let's see how it plays out until toy story opens. shrek 4 is a good movie. less stupid pop culture references, more heart. stiltskin right up there with lord farquaad and fairy godmother. $71 million opening feels about right.
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3:12PM on 05/24/2010
disappointing for sure, though not unexpected. let's see how it plays out until toy story opens. shrek 4 is a good movie. less stupid pop culture references, more heart. stiltskin right up there with lord farquaad and fairy godmother. $71 million opening feels about right.
disappointing for sure, though not unexpected. let's see how it plays out until toy story opens. shrek 4 is a good movie. less stupid pop culture references, more heart. stiltskin right up there with lord farquaad and fairy godmother. $71 million opening feels about right.
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11:41AM on 05/24/2010
I hope Shrek drops like a dead duck next week. What a steaming pile of poo.
I hope Shrek drops like a dead duck next week. What a steaming pile of poo.
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3:13PM on 05/24/2010
you probably didn't even see it
you probably didn't even see it
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10:55AM on 05/24/2010
Haven't seen SHREK 4 but want to, kind of amazing SHREK's been around for almost ten years, I remember when the first one came out, it was my jr year in a new high school and my stomach still turns thinking about it.
Haven't seen SHREK 4 but want to, kind of amazing SHREK's been around for almost ten years, I remember when the first one came out, it was my jr year in a new high school and my stomach still turns thinking about it.
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1:40AM on 05/24/2010

I was bored so...

I made this. It's the Precious/Teen Wolf Trailer Mash Up!
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I made this. It's the Precious/Teen Wolf Trailer Mash Up!
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12:08AM on 05/24/2010

lost ends !!!

GOODBYE LOST ..there has never been and never be a show like it..long live!!!! and Now wtf iam supposed to do .it was my destiny to watch it ..nothin good on tv now....
GOODBYE LOST ..there has never been and never be a show like it..long live!!!! and Now wtf iam supposed to do .it was my destiny to watch it ..nothin good on tv now....
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11:39AM on 05/24/2010
LOST is overrated bs. And WTF does it have to do with the weekly BO again?
LOST is overrated bs. And WTF does it have to do with the weekly BO again?
11:40PM on 05/23/2010

"Meh" weekend

Saw both MacGruber and Shrek 4 this weekend. Can't say either film was really all that exemplary in my opinion. I left the theater twice kind of disappointed.

Adapting SNL skits into films hasn't always yielded the best results. Also, I think it's time to lay the Shrek franchise to rest as well. That's just me......
Saw both MacGruber and Shrek 4 this weekend. Can't say either film was really all that exemplary in my opinion. I left the theater twice kind of disappointed.

Adapting SNL skits into films hasn't always yielded the best results. Also, I think it's time to lay the Shrek franchise to rest as well. That's just me......
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11:26PM on 05/23/2010

Shame about McGruber

But I'm not going to pretend there aren't numerous reasons it might not have caught on. Though I did expect a slightly higher number from Internet promotion alone.

I actually just caught it, and it's everything I was hoping for.
But I'm not going to pretend there aren't numerous reasons it might not have caught on. Though I did expect a slightly higher number from Internet promotion alone.

I actually just caught it, and it's everything I was hoping for.
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11:24PM on 05/23/2010
I'm surprised Miguelito isn't defending this with all of his might. Lol. I knew this wasnt going to blow any records and pull enough this weekend to break even. This doesnt surprise me one bit. Hopefully this is a wakeup call to Dreamworks that quality matters, not quantity. Good luck to you Shrek, your going to need it. Rofl.
I'm surprised Miguelito isn't defending this with all of his might. Lol. I knew this wasnt going to blow any records and pull enough this weekend to break even. This doesnt surprise me one bit. Hopefully this is a wakeup call to Dreamworks that quality matters, not quantity. Good luck to you Shrek, your going to need it. Rofl.
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3:08PM on 05/24/2010
they don't need any luck...the international box office will more than break even, friend
they don't need any luck...the international box office will more than break even, friend
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10:58PM on 05/23/2010
This is disappointing to me since MacGruber did so poorly. I really liked the movie for what it was and was hoping for a sequel.
This is disappointing to me since MacGruber did so poorly. I really liked the movie for what it was and was hoping for a sequel.
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10:48PM on 05/23/2010
Oh well, I guess is Shrek is done. But a 71 million is not horrible either.
Oh well, I guess is Shrek is done. But a 71 million is not horrible either.
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8:33PM on 05/23/2010

Macgruber!!

Oh come on, I have been dying to see this ever since it was rumored a year ago. I knew it would be awesome and it lived up to my hype. This was prolly the Hangover for this year and yet nobody saw it.

I really think Macgruber is one of the best movies to come out this year. In a time where I complain that ever movie is a remake or unnecessary sequel Macgruber shines as a breathe of fresh air and stands apart from the SNL skits its based on. It is truly up there with Waynes World.
Oh come on, I have been dying to see this ever since it was rumored a year ago. I knew it would be awesome and it lived up to my hype. This was prolly the Hangover for this year and yet nobody saw it.

I really think Macgruber is one of the best movies to come out this year. In a time where I complain that ever movie is a remake or unnecessary sequel Macgruber shines as a breathe of fresh air and stands apart from the SNL skits its based on. It is truly up there with Waynes World.
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6:21PM on 05/23/2010
LMFAO, looks like this really is the final chapter for Shrek, sad though when even a $70 mil plus opening is considered disappointing, no less than 5 maybe 10 yrs ago that wud be considered huge. Really shocked though that MacGruber bombed that bad.
LMFAO, looks like this really is the final chapter for Shrek, sad though when even a $70 mil plus opening is considered disappointing, no less than 5 maybe 10 yrs ago that wud be considered huge. Really shocked though that MacGruber bombed that bad.
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5:56PM on 05/23/2010

So I just got back from PRINCE OF PERSIA...


Not sure why South Africa got it before the States, it's unusual.

I'm not going to say it's a bad movie, because it's not. The problem is that the entire film is one giant clich theres nothing new in there, plot-wise or visually, that makes it really worth your time and money. I basically sat and just checked off each plot point from the list as it came along.

I realise that its a Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster released by Disney, so I wasnt expecting to be blown away by the depth

Not sure why South Africa got it before the States, it's unusual.

I'm not going to say it's a bad movie, because it's not. The problem is that the entire film is one giant clich theres nothing new in there, plot-wise or visually, that makes it really worth your time and money. I basically sat and just checked off each plot point from the list as it came along.

I realise that its a Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster released by Disney, so I wasnt expecting to be blown away by the depth and inner meaning of the thing, but I walked away from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN with a smile on my face and a new character to add to the list of great screen characters. With this movie all I got were CGI snakes and a Persia that apparently consists solely of white, British people.

Thats just my two cents, you might really enjoy it.
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5:12PM on 05/23/2010
71 million used to be a giant hit... =/
71 million used to be a giant hit... =/
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4:59PM on 05/23/2010
Shrek 4 was a surprisingly good movie. It's better than the third and I prefer this film to be the ending to the series. Hopefully, WOM will help the movie.
Shrek 4 was a surprisingly good movie. It's better than the third and I prefer this film to be the ending to the series. Hopefully, WOM will help the movie.
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4:52PM on 05/23/2010

Saw this coming...

After shrek the third, i knew this one wouldnt get alot of money as its predecessors did bcuz the 3rd one sucked sooo bad, that people wouldnt be that excited to see another one.
After shrek the third, i knew this one wouldnt get alot of money as its predecessors did bcuz the 3rd one sucked sooo bad, that people wouldnt be that excited to see another one.
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4:43PM on 05/23/2010

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Why do I keep hearing that Robin Hood is the Number One Movie in the world if it's so far behind Iron Man? Are domestic totals that far off?
Why do I keep hearing that Robin Hood is the Number One Movie in the world if it's so far behind Iron Man? Are domestic totals that far off?
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5:46PM on 05/23/2010
As far as I can see, Robin Hood hasn't even made back its budget, including worldwide box office numbers.
As far as I can see, Robin Hood hasn't even made back its budget, including worldwide box office numbers.
9:51AM on 05/24/2010
I think it's because of it finishing in the #1 spot in other countries, over 65% of it overall gross is over seas and NOT domestic...according to BOM.

I nice way to put a spin on it here, even though Iron Man 2 is making more cash.
I think it's because of it finishing in the #1 spot in other countries, over 65% of it overall gross is over seas and NOT domestic...according to BOM.

I nice way to put a spin on it here, even though Iron Man 2 is making more cash.
4:42PM on 05/23/2010
I'm both surprised that such a well marketed, not panned movie like Macgruber opened so poorly, and glad that my viewing tonight will then likely be next to baron.
I'm both surprised that such a well marketed, not panned movie like Macgruber opened so poorly, and glad that my viewing tonight will then likely be next to baron.
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4:37PM on 05/23/2010
I KNEW Macgruber would bomb. So much damn hype for a movie sure to be mediocre at best. I hope I'm proven wrong when I finally see it.
I KNEW Macgruber would bomb. So much damn hype for a movie sure to be mediocre at best. I hope I'm proven wrong when I finally see it.
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5:50PM on 05/23/2010
I had that same thought... until i read the reviews which have all been pretty positive... so i thought maybe it would do ok! But much like Hot Rod, which also tanked... (and is one of my all time favorites) i think this one will be good (when i finally see it this week)!
I had that same thought... until i read the reviews which have all been pretty positive... so i thought maybe it would do ok! But much like Hot Rod, which also tanked... (and is one of my all time favorites) i think this one will be good (when i finally see it this week)!
4:30PM on 05/23/2010
I've already stated my thoughts about the complete wipe out for MacGruber on MFC's Status Update-Date Night! Never thought it would be anywhere near $90M+ during it's run at the Box Office.
I've already stated my thoughts about the complete wipe out for MacGruber on MFC's Status Update-Date Night! Never thought it would be anywhere near $90M+ during it's run at the Box Office.
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4:25PM on 05/23/2010
Im glad the Shrek didnt do as well as expected... not because of the movie, i enjoy the Shrek Flicks, but because maybe this will show these money grubbing studios that people arent willing to shell out doubt to triple the price for a 90 minute flick in 3D. A family of 4 or 5 would spend close to or over $100 for an hour and a half of 3D entertainment?? That just is not worth it. These premiums need to go down... maybe charge an extra $2, that is ok... but double the ticket price is ridiculous
Im glad the Shrek didnt do as well as expected... not because of the movie, i enjoy the Shrek Flicks, but because maybe this will show these money grubbing studios that people arent willing to shell out doubt to triple the price for a 90 minute flick in 3D. A family of 4 or 5 would spend close to or over $100 for an hour and a half of 3D entertainment?? That just is not worth it. These premiums need to go down... maybe charge an extra $2, that is ok... but double the ticket price is ridiculous and maybe this will show that people are not willing to pay it.
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