'Greek' bests 'Killers' at Friday b.o.

'Sex and the City 2' drops significantly

Universal's R-rated comedy "Get Him to the Greek" may have slain Lionsgate's ambitions of opening action comedy "Killers" ahead of three other wide openers at the domestic boxoffice this weekend.

"Greek" grossed $6.2 million in its first day in release, compared to $5.7 million for "Killers," with both pics on track to ring up teen millions through Sunday. Saturday date-movie business could be key in deciding the two film's head-to-head competition.

British actor and comedian Russell Brand stars in "Greek," with Jonah Hill ("Funny People") and Sean Combs also prominently featured. Nick Stoller -- who directed Brand in the same glam-guy role in 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" -- helmed "Greek," with comedy king Judd Apatow numbering among "Greek" producers.
Rated PG-13, "Killers" stars Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, with Robert Luketic ("The Ugly Truth") directing.

DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek Forever After" should three-peat at No. 1 on the weekend, after the Paramount-distributed 3D comedy fetched $6.5 million in the lead position on Friday for $164.6 million in cumulative coin.

As for the other openers, Fox's live-action family comedy "Marmaduke" chewed up $3.4 million in sixth place on Friday in a tug of war for family moviegoers with the "Shrek" four-quel. And Warner Bros.-distributed "Splice" patched together $2.7 million in seventh place in the sci-fi thriller's first day.

Warners' "Sex and the City 2" wooed $4.4 million in fourth place in its ninth day in theaters, dropping 66% from its first Friday tally. That gives New Line-produced "Sex 2" $65.2 million in cumulative U.S. and Canadian coin.