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Shrek Forever After Leads Box Office with over 71.2 Million Dollar Weekend

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May 23, 2010 | 6:54am EDT

Family-friendly Shrek Forever After took the top spot at this weekend's box office, taking in an estimated $71.25 million. With little competition in the family space, the green ogre easily knocked Iron Man 2 from the top spot ($26.6M), making or a great weekend for Paramount Pictures who own both properties. Though taking the top spot again, Shrek took in less than expected. Shrek the Third had the bigget animated debut of all-time with $121.6 million and Shrek 2 the 2nd best animated opening with $108 million. The "final" film in the Shrek series (before Puss in Boots gets his own spin-off anyway) brings the domestic total to over $1.1B for the franchise.

Iron Man 2 had a 49% 3rd weekend drop for a domestic total of $251, 265,000.

Universal Pictures' Robin Hood rounded at the top 3 with $18,699,17. The film, starring Russell Crowe, has had moderate success domestically but has performed extremely well overseas.  

MacGruber, the other big new entry into this weekend, took in just over $4M. With a modest budget of only $10M and a decent word of mouth, the SNL spin-off could be a successful film for Rogue Pictures.

For a full recap of this weekends' Box Office, check out Hollywood.com's Box Office report here

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