Now with high protein Add On.
As per usual, the Nikkster gives us the box office low-down early-on.
1. Shrek Forever After 3D (DWA/Par) NEW [4,359 Theaters] -- Friday $20M, Estimated Weekend $70M
2. Iron Man 2 (Marvel/Paramount) Week 3 [4,177 Theaters] -- Friday $7.8M, Estimated Weekend $27M, Estimated Cume $251M
3. Robin Hood (Universal) Week 2 [3,505 Theaters] -- Friday $5.5M (-57%), Estimated Weekend $17M, Estimated Cume $54M
4. Letters To Juliet (Summit) Week 2 [2,975 Theaters] -- Friday $3M (-40%), Estimated Weekend $9.5M, Estimated Cume $22M
5. MacGruber (Rogue/Universal) NEW [2,551 Theaters] -- Friday $1.6M, Estimated Weekend $4.5M
Having seen Shrek IV this very day, I would say it's a pretty good installment of the franchise and that the 3-D is excellent. (And I am shocked, shocked that MacGruber tanked on its opening night. Maybe the fact that it's like visual chloroform has something to do with it ...)
Add On: The ogre comes in under expectations at $72 million, and Dragon takes a 63% hit (in contrast to its 265 declines over the course of its run) for a domestic accumulation of $211 million.
Even so, it must be gratifying for DWA to have two animated features in the Top Ten at the same time. Like, how often does that happen? (If ever?)