Well Shrek Ever After ruled the box office for a third straight week, and has now surpassed the $165 million dollar budget it took to make it. It earned just under $25.5 million this week, pushing its total earning up to $183 million. Of course it was shown in over 4300 theaters.
Whereas the next closest in total theaters showing the film was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on just over 3,600 theaters. Prince of Persia however was a distant 4th place with $14 million. Its two week total is now just a disappointing $59.6 million. A far cry from its $200 million budget.
Sitting in fifth place was Sex and the City which had a huge dropoff in its second week, bringing in just $12.3 million this week. A more than 60% drop in box office take from its first week.
As for the movies that premiered this week I was right. Killers and Get Him to the Greek battled it out for the top new movie spot. Jonah Hill and Russell Brand edges out Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl by about $1.7 million. Greek finished with a box office take of $17.5 mil, with Killers finishing at $15.8 mil. Of course both of those films had a smaller budget than the others in the top five.
Marmaduke surprisingly broke the $10 mil mark taking in just under $11.6 mil., good for 6th place overall. With a figure like that Ziggy and Family Circus movies can’t be far behind.
The other new film that had a decent opening was Splice at $7.3 mil. That was only good enough for eighth place behind Iron Man 2 in its fifth week. ($7.9 mil.)
Overall it was a dismal week at the movie box office. Even Shrek dropped more than 40% since last week. The biggest loser in films that were shown in more than 1,000 theaters was clearly Sex and the City 2 which lost a stunning 60.2% from last weeks earnings. Could this be a sign of things to come for the rest of the Summer Blockbuster season? We will just have to wait and see, but right now it isn’t looking very good.