In its third weekend, Shrek Forever After remains at the top of the pile. Last week it fended off the challenges from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Sex and the City 2. Both of those films fell well under expectations. It was able to fend off four films that hoped to split the difference and bring down the mighty green ogre. To be honest, I wish they had, as I can't say I particularly cared for the latest Shrek outing and the longer it stays on top the more time the suits have to reconsider ending the series. One can only hope the proposed Puss in Boots spin-off improves their fortunes.
The first of the four new releases to make a break for the top is the second place finisher, Get Him to the Greek. A spin-off from the great Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this movie focuses on the rock star Aldous Snow played by Russell Brand. The movie is completely different from its predecessor — it is raunchy, vulgar, and over the top, but with a strong and healthy heart. It is a very funny movie that should do well in the long run right onto home video. It is better than I was expecting and it is a trip well worth taking.
Lagging just a little behind in third place is the action/romantic comedy Killers. Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl star in a movie that takes some unexpected angles on the material but still plays it towards the middle. Still, I liked it and I don't care who knows it. I do disagree with the majority who wan to tear it apart and I suggest you check it out for yourself before making a judgment.
Fourth and fifth place feature last week's new releases. Both of them have suffered good-sized drops in their second weekends. In particular Sex and the City2 fell more than 63%. Hopefully this means no part three. As for Prince of Persia, I cannot say I cared for it all that much. It was like watching a video game, right down to the bland lead character.
Sixth place is held by newcomer Marmaduke, which frankly I don't have much to say about. I do suspect it will fade pretty quickly, especially with movies like Toy Story 3 on the way. Iron Man 2 is next and continues to do well in its fifth week. It is drawing ever closer to $300 million and looks to finish close to the total of the original.