“Shrek Forever After,” the first 3-D sequel about the gentle green ogre showed its staying power Sunday, hanging onto top spot at the North American box office for a second week, initial data showed.


The fourth film of the Mike Myers-voiced animated series took in 43.3 million dollars over the weekend, according to figures released by box office tracker Exhibitor Relations on Sunday.

The movie beat out competition from new releases “Sex and the City 2” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which took the number two and number three box office spots respectively.

“Sex and the City 2,” the sequel movie following the love lives of the four girlfriends at the heart of the hugely popular television show, earned 32.1 million dollars in receipts, despite dismal reviews.

“Prince of Persia,” a movie adapted from a video game series, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley, took 30.1 million dollars in its first week in theaters.

Down two spots to number four was “Iron Man 2,” featuring Robert Downey Jr. as unconventional super hero Tony Stark, which took in 16 million dollars to bring its four-week earnings to a massive 274.6 million dollars.

“Robin Hood,” starring Russell Crowe as the legendary English outlaw, also fell two places, taking the number six spot with 10.3 million dollars in weekend box office receipts.

The romantic drama “Letters to Juliet” took sixth place, with 5.9 million dollars, ahead of romantic comedy “Just Wright,” with a duo of rapper-actors Queen Latifah and Common, at 2.2 million.

In the number eight spot was “Date Night,” starring comedy hot shots Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, which managed to rake in 1.7 million dollars in its eighth week in theaters.

Down to ninth place was Saturday Night Live-inspired “MacGruber,” which fell three places in its second week of release, earning 1.5 million dollars.

Rounding out the top ten was “How to Train Your Dragon,” an animated children’s film, which took in just over one million dollars, bringing its ten week total to 212.5 million dollars. -Agence France-Presse