Shrek Forever After's maintained its position at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office on Thursday, June 3. The 3D animated fantasy grossed $3.61 million (+4.8 percent from Wednesday), according to Box Office Mojo.
Michael Patrick King's Sex and the City 2, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis, was once again the no. 2 movie, with $3.06 million.
Rounding out the top eleven were Tina Fey's Date Night with $186,000, Queen Latifah's Just Wright with $178,000, Gerard Butler's How to Train Your Dragon with $98,000, and Jackie Earle Haley's A Nightmare on Elm Street with $92,000.
Among the top eleven movies, Sex and the City 2 had the highest per-theater average, $890. MacGruber had the lowest, $80.
Also among the top eleven, MacGruber had the worst drop-off rate from the previous day, down 11.2 percent. How to Train Your Dragon posted the highest gains, up 12.7 percent.
Shrek Forever After will likely rule North America's weekend box office once again, according to most predictions. Figures are expected to remain tepid, as business should heat up only with the arrival of Jackie Chan's The Karate Kid, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3, and Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Shrek Forever After is expected to gross between $25-$30 million on its third weekend, while the four new releases – Get Him to the Greek, Marmaduke, Killers, and Splice – will likely fail to offer it any major competition. As for last weekend's holdovers, Sarah Jessica Parker's Sex and the City 2 and Jake Gyllenhaal's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, they'll be lucky if they're still found among the top ten a few weeks from now.
The Jonah Hill-Russell Brand comedy Get Him to the Greek is expected to take in somewhere between $17-22 million. Starring Ashton Kutcher and Katharine Heigl, the action-romance-comedy Killers should nab between $15-$18 million, thus running neck-and-neck with kiddie flick Marmaduke, which revolves around a talking dog.
Both Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia are expected to collect another $15 million or so; Iron Man 2 around $9-11m; and Robin Hood around $2-5 million.
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