The Box-Office Top Five
Even with four major new releases hitting theaters this weekend, box-office supremacy remained in the clutches of the mean green ogre known as Shrek. "Shrek Forever After," the franchise's fourth installment, topped the charts with a $25.3 million haul from Friday through Sunday, marking the film's third consecutive weekend victory.
Of the weekend's new releases, "Get Him to the Greek" performed the best. The raunchy comedy stars Jonah Hill as a young talent agent and Russell Brand as Aldous Snow, the troubled rock star first introduced in 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." "Greek" managed a respectable $17.4 million haul, nearly half of its reported $40 million production budget.
Although "Greek" wasn't able to best "Shrek," it did manage to defeat "Killers," the spy-themed romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl as a married couple drawn into the deadly world of espionage. The film earned a third-place finish worth $16.1 million.
The weekend's other major new releases, "Marmaduke" and "Splice," stayed out of the top five altogether with sixth- and eighth-place finishes, respectively. It's a particularly disappointing finish for the Owen Wilson-starring "Marmaduke," as the family film was the widest new release of the weekend by a significant margin of over 300 theaters.
Rounding out fourth and fifth place were last weekend's "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" and "Sex and the City 2."
Action is the name of the game next weekend as the Bradley Cooper-starring "The A-Team" and the remake of "The Karate Kid" enter the box-office arena.
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