Green Beats <i>Greek</i>: Audiences Get to the <i>Shrek</i> Instead

It looks like Marmaduke was less competition for the kiddie dollars than we expected, as Shrek Forever After still handily defeated all comers, moving into a few more theaters and scaring up another $25 million in ticket sales. I guess kids are no longer impressed by animals who don't have jobs? After all, why see a movie about a plain old dog when you can see a movie about a cat sword-fighter, or guinea-pig secret agents, or a mouse chef? (This may be why they're spinning Puss in Boots off into his own movie.) Maybe they should have called it Marley & Me 2: Puppy-Size Me!, and had Owen Wilson magically transform into Marley-maduke at the beginning of the film. Then it might have made $36 million in its opening weekend, like Marley, rather than the $11 million it did. Well, you know what they say: hindsight is a golden retriever. Rimshot!

Thanks to a glut of new movies, Shrek's next nearest competitor, Get Him to the Greek, only brought in $17 million, but that's all it needed to be the number-one newbie to hit theaters this weekend. The comedy managed to stay just ahead of Killers, which was rightly not screened in advance for critics, and had a sizable lead on Splice. Splice fared the worst out of all the new releases, losing out to last week's new releases Prince of Persia and Sex and the City 2 as well as Iron Man 2, which is closing in on $300 million after a month in theaters. It's too bad Splice couldn't genetically engineer itself a stronger opening, but it's the only horror film on the horizon until Eclipse (okay, until Predators), and hopefully word of mouth will lend this intense, thought-provoking movie some of Iron Man's scientifically enhanced mojo. Next week: The A-Team and The Karate Kid!

The Top Ten:
1. Shrek Forever After $25 million ($183 million in 3 weeks)
2. Get Him to the Greek $17 million
3. Killers $16 million
4. Prince of Persia: The Sands ofTime $14 million ($59 million in 2 weeks)
5. Sex and the City 2 $13 million ($73 million in 2 weeks)
6. Marmaduke $11 million
7. Iron Man 2 $8 million ($291 million in 5 weeks)
8. Splice $7 million
9. Robin Hood $5 million ($94 million in 4 weeks)
10. Letters to Juliet $3 million ($43 million in 4 weeks)

Read our reviews of Splice and Get Him to the Greek then read Ashton Kucher and Katherine Heigl's dueling Killers set diaries.

See why 2010 might be the worst summer for movies ever.

Watch video interviews with Get Him to the Greek stars Russell Brand, Sean Combs and Jonah Hill and Rose Byrne and Elisabeth Moss.

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