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Monday May 24, 2010 7:32 pm

Box Office Breakdown: MacGruber IS a Bomb


Disappointment can come in all shapes and box office sizes.

may have earned nearly three times as much than its nearest competitor, but it wasn’t exactly a winner for Paramount or Dreamworks. The film, which grossed $70.8 million in ticket sales, become the first sequel in the Shrek franchise to open below the $100 million mark (and that’s with the help of higher 3-D prices). The comedy did, though, place fourth on the all-time animated debuts list behind Shrek the Third ($121.6 million), Shrek 2 ($108 million)  and The Simpsons Movie ($74 million).

Meanwhile, it appears will last just as long in theaters as he does in Will Forte’s sketches. Although the character is (supposedly) known for diffusing bombs, he actually helped deliver one this weekend. The latest Saturday Night Live-based comedy - also starring Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe - generated a mere $4 million this weekend. While that number seems (understandably) dismal, there is one positive thing to note: the film only cost approximately $10 million to make.

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  1. Shrek Forever After, Paramount/Dreamworks, $70,838,207 (avg. $16,251)
  2. Iron Man 2, Paramount, $26,361,258 (avg. $6311)
  3. Robin Hood, Universal, $18,769,220 (avg. $5355)
  4. Letters to Juliet, Summit Entertainment, $9,006,266 (avg. $3027)
  5. Just Wright, Fox Searchlight, $4,290,431 (avg. $2343)
  6. MacGruber, Universal, $4,043,495 (avg. $1585)
  7. Date Night, 20th Century Fox, $2,913,504 (avg. $1559)
  8. A Nightmare on Elm Street, Warner Bros., $2,321,388 (avg. $1092)
  9. How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks, $1,901,211 (avg. $1086)
  10. Kites, Reliance Big Picture, $958,673 (avg. $4609)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)



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