Shrek 4 is better than Sex

Shrek retained his ogre crown at the box office this weekend, with Shrek Forever After fending off opening numbers Sex And The City 2 and Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time to hold onto the number one spot.

It was a disappointment for the SATC gals, whose previous outing in movieland opened to the trill of $57m. The ladies had to settle for second place this time, taking $32m in comparison to Shrek ’s $43m - no doubt thanks to widespread accusations of the fab foursome’s latest featuring some off-colour remarks about life in Abu Dhabi.

Prince Of Persia debuted in third place with $30m, while Iron Man 2 slipped from second place to fourth with $16m (and an impressive total haul of $274m). Robin Hood rounded out the top five with a feeble-ish $10m.

Amanda Seyfried’s Letters To Juliet went from fourth to sixth with almost half that at $5.9m, while Just Wright took a teeny $2.2m.

Date Night again barely budged in the box office line up, moving from seventh to eighth and a declining return of $1.7m (and a total of $9.3m), while last week’s massive flop McGruber took ninth place with $1.4m.

How To Train Your Dragon remained in the top ten – but only just – with a gross of just over $1m, more than likely signalling its final week in the charts. Not bad considering it was released way back in March.

What did you check out this weekend?

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.