Memorial Day Weekend Box Office: People Decided They Might as Well See That New Shrek

June 1, 2010


The week's film offerings were met with utter indifference, with this Memorial Day weekend becoming lowest-grossing in nearly a decade and least-attended in 15 years. Is it possible the future of American cinema lies outside Sex and the City sequels, flashy video game adaptations, and pop culture joke-filled tales of giant guys made of battered green foam? Ut oh!

1. Shrek Forever After - $55.7 million, because if there's any day we should take some time to celebrate the boasted immortality of Shrek, it's Memorial Day.

2. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $37.8 million, giving "sort of British guy in the desert" a narrow win over "pretty intolerable women in the desert."

3. Sex and the City 2 - After getting lambasted by critics, the sequel fell well short of its predecessor's opening weekend with $37.1 million. And here I foolishly assumed it would become known as "The 'Empire Strikes Back' of Sex and the City"

4. Iron Man 2 - $20.6 million! [HEAVY METAL song plays.]

5. Robin Hood - $13.6 million. Russell Crowe never could have imagined he would one day stand in the shadow Kevin Costner. Better get to work coming up with a really good oil-spill clean-up device, Russ.

Weekend Box Office Results [Box Office Mojo]

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