Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon led Monday's daily box office with $4.81 million. The latest computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was down 66 percent from Sunday. Normally that would represent an excellent first Monday hold for a film aimed at families, but it should be noted that thanks to Holy Week, Monday holds were stronger than normal yesterday, especially for family fare.
Dragon has grossed $48.55 million in four days, which is a bit underwhelming given the film's budget, pre-release expectations and the previous box office history of computer animated films from DreamWorks. How to Train Your Dragon is currently running 23 percent behind the pace of last year's Monsters vs. Aliens and essentially on par with 2008's Horton Hears A Who!
Alice in Wonderland placed in second for the day with $1.98 million. Disney's 3D blockbuster starring Johnny Depp was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 28 percent from last Monday. Alice in Wonderland should hold up well throughout the midweek, before it loses more 3D screens on Friday, this time to Warner's Clash of the Titans. The 25-day gross for Alice in Wonderland stands at $295.51 million, which means the film will reach the $300 million domestic milestone on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Hot Tub Time Machine finished in third for a fourth straight day. MGM's R-rated comedy starring John Cusack grossed $1.55 million for the day, which was down 61 percent from Sunday. That represented an average daily hold for the day among films currently in wide release. Hot Tub Time Machine has grossed $15.57 million in its first four days, as the film hasn't been able to turn into the comedy break-out that some thought it could become.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid was up one spot from its weekend performance to take fourth on Monday. The family film from Fox grossed $1.24 million, which was down a 59 percent from Sunday and up a healthy 20 percent over last Monday. Wimpy Kid took a significant hit last week, but yesterday's strong hold suggests that the film will stabilize some this week. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has grossed $37.14 million in eleven days.
Sony's The Bounty Hunter rounded out Monday's top five with $1.05 million. The romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler was down 64 percent from Sunday and down 28 percent from last Monday. The Bounty Hunter has grossed $39.47 million in eleven days and will cross the $40 million mark today.