Better than "Sex,' 3-D "Shrek' tops box office again

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"Shrek Forever After," the first 3-D sequel about the gentle green ogre showed its staying power Monday, hanging onto the North American box office top spot for a second week, final data showed.

The fourth film of the Mike Myers-voiced animated series took in 55.6 million dollars over the weekend, according to figures released by box office tracker Exhibitor Relations on Monday.

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

"Prince of Persia," a movie adapted from a video game series, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley, took 37.8 million dollars in its first week in theaters.

"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 37.1 million dollars in receipts, despite dismal reviews.

Down two spots to number four was "Iron Man 2," featuring Robert Downey Jr. as unconventional super hero Tony Stark, which took in 20.3 million dollars to bring its four-week earnings to a massive 278.8 million dollars.

"Robin Hood," starring Russell Crowe as the legendary English outlaw, also fell two places, taking the number five spot with 13.6 million dollars in weekend box office receipts.

The romantic drama "Letters to Juliet" took sixth place with 7.3 million dollars, ahead of romantic comedy "Just Wright," with a duo of rapper-actors Queen Latifah and Common, at 2.7 million dollars.

In the number eight spot was "Date Night," starring comedy hot shots Tina Fey and Steve Carrell, which managed to rake in 2.3 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 1.9 million dollars.

Rounding out the top ten was "How to Train Your Dragon," an animated children's film, which took in 1.4 million dollars, bringing its ten week total to 213 million dollars.

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