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"Shrek" less green at the box office

2010-05-24 03:33:13 GMT2010-05-24 11:33:13 (Beijing Time)

Shrek is not as green as he used to be. "Shrek Forever After," the fourth movie in the lucrative series about a jolly green giant, took the top spot at the weekend box office in North America, but it fell short of expectations.

The film earned just over 71 million dollars (USD) during its first three days of release, far short of industry predictions that it could surpass 100 million. "Shrek Forever After" is expected to be the final film in the series.

Well, after leading the North American box office for the previous two weekends, "Iron Man 2" slipped to No. 2 with 26.6 million. The superhero sequel has earned 251 million to date, and an additional 268 million internationally.

Russell Crowe's "Robin Hood" rounded out the top 3.

Lindsay Lohan returned to Los Angeles from France on Saturday night (May 22), two days after missing a probation hearing that caused a judge to briefly issue a warrant for her arrest. The 23-year-old actress flew into Los Angeles after attending the Cannes film festival.

The "Mean Girls" star blamed a stolen passport as the reason for the missed court hearing.

The film "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture at the Cannes film festival.

In Los Angeles, I'm John Russell for Reuters.

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