Paramount's Iron Man 2 continued to lead the daily box office with ease on Monday. The highly anticipated superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. grossed $9.37 million for the day, which was down 70 percent from Sunday. In comparison, 2008's Iron Man fell 73 percent on its first Monday, while 2007's Spider-Man 3 fell 74 percent on its first Monday. Monday's hold could be a good sign going forward for the film, though it also may indicate that Iron Man 2 isn't appealing quite as strongly to Sunday family audiences as Iron Man and Spider-Man 3 did, at least so far. Iron Man 2 has grossed $137.49 million through four days, placing it 15 percent behind the pace of Spider-Man 3 and 26 percent ahead of Iron Man.
A Nightmare on Elm Street placed in a distant second for the day with $0.795 million. The horror remake from Warner Bros. was down 61 percent from Sunday and down 62 percent from last Monday. Elm Street has grossed $49.27 million through 11 days of release and will cross the $50 million mark either today or Wednesday. Given its rapid rate of decline thus far, A Nightmare on Elm Street is currently on pace to finish its domestic run in the area of $60 million.
How to Train Your Dragon was able to stay ahead of both Date Night and The Back-up Plan to remain in third place. The computer animated blockbuster from Paramount and DreamWorks grossed $0.382 million, which was down 83 percent from Sunday and down 37 percent from last Monday. How to Train Your Dragon has grossed $201.40 million through 46 days in theatres.
Fox's Date Night finished in fourth with $0.376 million. The romantic comedy continues to hold up well, as it was down 76 percent from Sunday and down only 22 percent from last Monday. The 32-day gross for Date Night stands at $81.38 million, currently giving the film a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.23 to 1.
The Back-up Plan rounded out the day's top five with $0.362 million. The romantic comedy from CBS Films was down 78 percent from Sunday's performance (which was inflated by Mother's Day), but fell off just 27 percent from last Monday. The Back-up Plan has grossed $30.47 million through 18 days of release.