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Hollywood is in a June swoon as a rush of new movies fails to grab audiences.

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DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" remained the No. 1 movie for a third-straight weekend with $25.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It raised its three-week domestic total to $183 million.

"It appears that the family audience is dominating the box office right now, and families clearly want to see 'Shrek,'" said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation.

The overall box office tumbled, coming in at $125 million, down 24 percent compared to the same weekend last year, when "The Hangover" opened with $45 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

The best of the newcomers was Universal's rock 'n' roll comedy "Get Him to the Greek," which debuted at No. 2 with $17.4 million. The movie stars Jonah Hill as a record executive escorting an unruly rocker (Russell Brand) from London to Los Angeles for a concert.

Opening at No. 3 with $16.1 million was Lionsgate's action comedy "Killers," starring Katherine Heigl as a woman who marries her dream man (Ashton Kutcher) only to learn he's an international assassin.

Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal, said the studio is happy with the results for "Get Him to the Greek" but that slumping revenues for Hollywood in general are a concern.

"Everybody is talking to me about that, and I don't have an answer," Rocco said.

The weekend after Memorial Day a year ago, the blockbuster "Up" premiered with $68.1 million. That was more than the combined $52.3 million total for "Get Him to the Greek," "Killers" and anemic openings for this weekend's two other new wide releases — 20th Century Fox's family comedy "Marmaduke" at $11.3 million and the Warner Bros. horror tale "Splice" at $7.5 million.

"The films a year ago were generating a ton of excitement, and this year's just kind of falling flat. You had four new wide releases, and a three-week-old movie is still No. 1," said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. "I don't know if they're bored or if ticket prices are too high or if they just have other things to do."

The quiet weekend follows a sluggish May that ended with the slowest Memorial Day holiday in 17 years in terms of movie attendance. Two big Memorial Day weekend releases, the Warner Bros. sequel "Sex and the City 2" and Disney's "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," failed to light up the box office, and both fell off sharply in their second weekends.

"Prince of Persia" was No. 4 with $13.9 million, down 54 percent from opening weekend and raising its domestic total to $59.5 million. "Sex and the City 2" finished at No. 5 with $12.7 million, down 59 percent and lifting its haul to $73.4 million.

For the year, Hollywood revenues are at $4.47 billion, up 3.7 percent over the record pace last year. But factoring in higher ticket prices, attendance now has slipped 2.7 percent behind last year's, according to Hollywood.com.

The box office can turn on a dime, though, so Hollywood could regain its momentum with just a few big hits.

"I'm still confident when you take a look at some of the films coming up in the summer, that audiences will start coming out in droves," said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate. "There's a lot of big titles, including next weekend."

This Friday brings a 1980s flashback with a remake of "The Karate Kid" starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and a big-screen adaptation of the TV action series "The A-Team," featuring Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel and "The Hangover" co-star Bradley Cooper.

Still to come are "Toy Story 3," reuniting voice stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen; Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's action comedy "Knight and Day"; "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third installment in the vampire-romance franchise; and Leonardo DiCaprio's science-fiction thriller "Inception," from "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Shrek Forever After," $25.3 million.
2. "Get Him to the Greek," $17.4 million.
3. "Killers," $16.1 million.
4. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," $13.9 million.
5. "Sex and the City 2," $12.7 million.
6. "Marmaduke," $11.3 million.
7. "Iron Man 2," $7.8 million.
8. "Splice," $7.5 million.
9. "Robin Hood," $5.1 million.
10. "Letters to Juliet," $3 million.

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  1. 'Killers'

    Stars: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Catherine O'Hara, Tom Selleck

    Director: Robert Luketic

    Scheduled release date: June 4

    Trying to recover from a sudden break-up, Jen Kornfeldt (Heigl) believes she’ll never fall in love again. But when she reluctantly joins her parents on a trip to the French Riviera, Jen happens to meet the man of her dreams, the dashing, handsome Spencer Aimes (Kutcher). Too bad he has a deadly secret life. (Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 'Get Him to the Greek'

    Stars: Jonah Hill, Elisabeth Moss, Russell Brand

    Director: Nicholas Stoller

    Scheduled release date: June 4

    Hill plays a record company intern with two days to drag an uncooperative rock legend (Brand) to Hollywood for a comeback concert. Musicians Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera, among others, appear as themselves. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'Marmaduke'

    Stars: Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, Judy Greer, William H. Macy

    Director: Tom Dey

    Scheduled release date: June 4

    The giant Great Dane (voice by Wilson) from the comic strips springs out of the newspaper and on to the big screen. The dog and his hapless family make the move from Kansas to California, bringing crazy chaos with them. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 'Splice'

    Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, David Hewlett

    Director: Vincenzo Natali

    Scheduled release date: June 4

    Two young scientists (Brody, Polley) begin involving human DNA in their splicing of animal genes. But is the mutant creature they create a human hybrid, or something else entirely? () Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'The A-Team'

    Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley

    Director: Joe Carnahan

    Scheduled release date: June 11

    Every 1980s TV series must eventually become a movie, apparently. As in the original "A-Team," former U.S. soldiers unfairly convicted of a crime escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries. But where's Mr. T? (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 'Karate Kid 2'

    Stars: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson

    Director: Jon Favreaul

    Scheduled release date: May 7

    Yes, that's Will Smith's young son taking on the lead role in this remake of the 1984 Ralph Macchio hit. Jackie Chan takes over for Pat Morita as the young whiz kid's mentor. Sweep the leg, Johnny. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'

    Stars: Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Don Rickles

    Director: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

    Scheduled release date: June 11

    This documentary exposes the private dramas of trailblazing comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she travels the country performing, worrying, and complaining. (Courtesy of San Francisco Film S) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Toy Story 3'

    Stars: Voices of Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen

    Director: Lee Unkrich

    Scheduled release date: June 18

    Woody and Buzz's owner, Andy, heads off to college, and the toys head off to a daycare center. They're thrilled with the prospect of so much play, but soon run into problems, especially with a smooth-talking Ken doll. (Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Anim) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'Jonah Hex'

    Stars: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender

    Director: Jimmy Hayward

    Scheduled release date: June 18

    Disfigured bounty hunter Hex (Brolin) leaps from his comic book to the big screen, and must attempt to stop a terrorist who's ready to unleash hell on earth. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. 'Grown Ups'

    Stars: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock

    Director: Dennis Dugan

    Scheduled release date: June 25

    A star-studded cast leads this comedy, which tells the tale of five best friends from high school who reunite 30 years later on a Fourth of July weekend. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. 'Knight and Day'

    Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard

    Director: James Mangold

    Scheduled release date: June 25

    Cruise plays a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman (Diaz) who's had nothing but bad luck with men. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

    Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli

    Director: David Slade

    Scheduled release date: June 30

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