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Sandler Strong, Cruise Not Against Toy Story 3

By John Hamann

June 27, 2010

Sorry, Barbie. We don't think you're his type.

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Seventh goes to Shrek Forever After, the leggier than expected $165 million effort from Paramount and DreamWorks. Now in its sixth weekend, Shrek 4 was trying to recover from a 65% plunge last weekend, and comes away with a gross of $2.9 million and a drop of 49%. It was no secret that Forever After was going to die following the debut of Toy Story 3. It now finds itself with a domestic gross of $229.3 million, and an overseas take that is approaching $100 million, but really is just getting started.

Prince of Persia finishes eighth, and doesn't have as good of a weekend as it had in the previous frame when it fell only 14%. This weekend, the Jake Gyllenhaal action flick earned $2.8 million and fell 50%. The domestic total for this one has reached $86.2 million, but it's the foreign gross that's bailing this $200 million picture out. Prince of Persia has already taken in over $210 million overseas.

The Lionsgate release Killers is ninth, as it must have sold tickets to the blind and deaf club. Killers earned another $2 million in its fourth weekend, and should be celebrated for staying in the top ten for 24 days. The Ashton Kutcher flick fell 60% and now has a running total of $44 million.


Jonah Hex is the dummy in the top ten, as the $50 million Warner Bros. flick does a MacGruber. After its slick $5 million opening last weekend, Hex falls 70% this weekend, earning $1.6 million. Unfortunately, Hex will outgross MacGruber, as that one earned $8 million total, Jonah Hex may earn $12 million. Give it $9.1 million so far.

Overall, the 2010 side of the box office formula had little chance of keeping up with last year. One year ago, Michael Bay (sounds a lot like MacGruber) unleashed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on the unaware, and it somehow managed to open to $109 million (try not to relive it). That took the top 12 films to about $193 million, a number that becomes pretty tough to reach when dealing with a Sandler movie and a Tom Cruise flop. Thanks to Toy Story 3, the top 12 still did okay, taking in $159.7 million, but it was well off of last year. Next weekend brings Twilight back to movie theatres, so I suggest you go camping, watch the World Cup or try curling, unless you really like throngs of teenagers who are not nearly as polite as the Harry Potter crowd.

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/25/10-6/27/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Toy Story 3 Walt Disney Pictures $59,000,000 $59,337,669 - 46.2% $226,889,351
2 Grown Ups Columbia Pictures (Sony) $41,000,000 $40,506,562 New $40,506,562
3 Knight and Day 20th Century Fox $20,500,000 $20,139,985 New $27,428,513
4 The Karate Kid Columbia Pictures (Sony) $15,400,000 $15,547,421 - 48.0% $135,788,721
5 The A-Team 20th Century Fox $6,000,000 $6,204,454 - 56.9% $63,047,432
6 Get Him to The Greek Universal $3,009,875 $3,140,780 - 48.6% $54,616,495
7 Shrek Forever After DreamWorks $2,875,000 $3,101,365 - 44.8% $229,539,089
8 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Walt Disney Pictures $2,801,000 $2,845,684 - 48.9% $86,221,879
9 Killers Lionsgate $2,000,000 $1,938,681 - 61.5% $43,938,754
10 Jonah Hex Warner Bros. $1,600,000 $1,627,442 - 69.7% $9,171,083
11 Iron Man 2 Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios $1,375,000 $1,436,378 - 50.0% $306,943,647
12 Sex and the City 2 New Line Cinema $1,275,000 $1,219,345 - 49.4% $93,072,615
  Also Opening/Notables
  Restrepo Nat'l Geographic $30,453 $35,581 New $35,581
  South of the Border Cinema Libre N/A $21,545 New $21,545
  Cyrus Fox Searchlight Pictures $300,000 $301,227 + 65.8% $566,259
  Winter's Bone Roadside Attractions $425,000 $437,355 +24% $1,064,308
  Marmaduke 20th Century Fox $970,000 $977,386 - 60.5% $30,008,941
  Solitary Man Anchor Bay $478,000 $476,431 +12% $2,070,915
  Robin Hood Universal Pictures $632,205 $648,925 - 54.4% $103,301,770
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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