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Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/24/2010

Weekend box office: Decent amount of green for 'Shrek'

By Jen Chaney

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"Shrek Forever After" has a strong weekend, with some caveats. "MacGruber" is met with so-so ticket sales. And what the heck is "Kites," the film that landed at No. 10 in this weekend's box office rundown? Answers, and details, below. (As always, figures are based on studio projections; final numbers release later today.)

"Shrek Forever After" earned $71.2 million, not enough to outdo the mammoth opening weekend for "Iron Man 2," but enough to vault it into the top spot and knock Tony Stark into second. On the negative side, that opening marks the least successful ever for a "Shrek" sequel.

"MacGruber"! Actually, make that "MacGruber," minus the exclamation point. The big screen version of the SNL sketch landed unimpressively in sixth place, with $4.1 million. I am guessing that means there won't be a sequel -- sorry, Will Forte.

The Bollywood musical "Kites" opened in just 208 theaters in North America, but impressively made a little over $1 million, putting it in tenth place for the weekend. Not bad for an under-the-radar movie in the midst of summer blockbuster season.

Memorial Day weekend looms. Can "Shrek Forever After" hang on to No. 1, or will those ladies from "Sex and the City 2" or Jake Gyllenhaal's abs, courtesy of "Prince of Persia," take the ogre down a peg? Vote below and let us know.

By Jen Chaney  | May 24, 2010; 11:56 AM ET
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