‘Shrek’ Rakes In More Green Than ‘Prince Of Persia’ And ‘Sex And The City 2′

Both new releases fall short in the face of repeat performer 'Shrek.'

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 “Shrek Forever After” ($55.7 million)
#2 “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” ($37.8 million)
#3 “Sex and the City 2″ ($37.1 million)
#4 “Iron Man 2″ ($20.6 million)
#5 “Robin Hood” ($13.6 million)

The sand-blown men and women of “Sex and the City 2″ and “Prince of Persia” were offered a rude awakening at the box office this weekend, as the mean green ogre known as “Shrek Forever After” barreled its way to a first-place finish for the second week in a row.

“Shrek Forever After” won first place with little trouble during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, taking home a gold medal worth $55.7 million. The film suffered a minor 21.3 percent drop from its $70.8 million performance last weekend, calming some fears that the “Shrek” franchise had lost its green sheen as a box-office powerhouse. After two weekends in theaters, the “Shrek” sequel has earned $145.5 million domestically and $25.7 million overseas for a budget-surpassing $171.3 global haul.

The success of “Shrek” came at the expense of the weekend’s two new major releases: Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Sex and the City 2″ and Walt Disney’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” Both projects entered the weekend with their fair share of selling points — “Prince of Persia” boasts Jake Gyllenhaal’s star power as well as a built-in audience from its video game source material, while “Sex and the City” has a well-established fanbase. But neither film could hold a candle against “Shrek,” settling for second- and third-place finishes worth $37.8 million and $37.1 million, respectively.

There are silver linings for both films, however. In the case of “Persia,” the movie enjoyed an impressive $95.5 million showing at the foreign box office. For “Sex,” the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring sequel earned $51.4 million from its Thursday release through the Monday holiday, falling short of its 2008 predecessor’s opening weekend by only $5 million.

Upcoming Releases

Jonah Hill and Russell Brand will do their best to “Get Him to the Greek” next weekend, as Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley tempt fate with sci-fi experimentation in “Splice.” If you’re looking for lighthearted laughs, look no further than Owen Wilson’s “Marmaduke” and Ashton Kutcher’s “Killers.”

Check out everything we’ve got on “Shrek Forever After,” “Sex and the City 2″ and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”

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