Shrek Forever After, Russell Crowe, Robin Hood, Will Forte, MacGruber, Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2

DreamWorks; David Appleby/Universal Studios; Greg Peters/Rogue Pictures; Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures/Marvel

So, Shrek Forever After made a lot of money, and Iron Man 2 made a lot of money, and Robin Hood made a good amount of money. And MacGruber…?

The Saturday Night Live sketch turned big-screen movie made $4.1 million, per weekend box-office estimates.  

Does that result qualify the bomb-exploding comedy as the first, well, bomb of the summer?

Yes, and no.

On one hand, MacGruber didn't open well. Scratch that. It didn't open.

On the other hand, MacGruber is not Land of the Lost, the big-budget Will Ferrell comedy that distinguished itself as the first bomb of Summer 2009. The Will Forte comedy cost less than $10 million, which is peanuts.

The bottom line? MacGruber made a tiny boom.

Other results:

Per franchise tradition, Shrek Forever After bowed at No. 1. Unlike Shrek 2 and Shrek 3, and despite its 3-D-ticket advantage, however, Shrek Forever After didn't top $100 million, coming in at $71.3 million.

Slipping to No. 2 after a two-week reign, Iron Man 2 continues to lose steam faster than its forerunner. Still, its $26.6 million from Friday to Sunday moved the sequel past the $250 million mark overall domestically.

Robin Hood continues to own the rest of the world. Here, the Russell Crowe adventure did $18.4 million, a good hold from its debut weekend. Overseas, it did $30 million, and upped its global total to nearly $200 million. Domestically, it's at an unspectacular $65.7 million.

In its second weekend, Letters to Juliet ($9.1 million) showed legs. 

• Tina Fey's and Steve Carell's Date Night ($2.8 million) topped $90 million.

• Jennifer Lopez's The Back-Up Plan is out of the top 10 after four weekends, and a $35.9 million take—the star's weakest wide-release result since Gigli (unless you count Jersey Girl, which you shouldn't since she's hardly in it). 

The Bollywood movie Kites cracked the top 10 despite playing at fewer than 210 theaters, while Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance got kicked out of the top 10 despite playing at more than 1,300 theaters. 

Just so you know, Furry Vengeance opened too soon to be considered a summer bomb. But a bomb it is. The movie cost a reported $35 million. To date, it's made $16.1 million domestically.

Clash of the Titans got squeezed out of 3-D theaters, and the top 10. It departs after seven weekends, and $161 million domestically.

Here's a rundown of the weekend's top-grossing films, per Friday-Sunday estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations:

  1. Shrek Forever After, $71.3 million
  2. Iron Man 2, $26.6 million
  3. Robin Hood, $18.7 million
  4. Letters to Juliet, $9.1 million
  5. Just Wright, $4.2 million
  6. MacGruber, $4.1 million
  7. Date Night, $2.8 million
  8. A Nightmare on Elm Street, $2.3 million
  9. How to Train Your Dragon, $1.9 million
  10. Kites, $952,682

(Originally published May 23, 2010, at 10:03 a.m. PT)

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