Paramount's Iron Man 2 led Wednesday's daily box office with $6.95 million. The highly anticipated comic book sequel reached the $150 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $152.82 million through six days of release. Iron Man 2 was down 17 percent from Wednesday, which marked the day's sharpest percentage decline among wide releases. In comparison, 2008's Iron Man experienced a 12 percent daily decline on its first Wednesday, while Spider-Man 3 fell by 16 percent. Iron Man 2 is currently running 13 percent behind the pace of Spider-Man 3 and 26 percent ahead of Iron Man. While Iron Man 2 will likely experience a large decline over the weekend, the film is expected to remain in first place for the frame.
A Nightmare on Elm Street remained in second with $0.69 million. The horror remake from Warner Bros. was down 14 percent from Tuesday and down 46 percent from last Wednesday. After experiencing rapid declines most of last week, Elm Street has been able to stabilize some over the past few days. A Nightmare on Elm Street has grossed $50.77 million through 13 days of release and is on course to finish its domestic run in the area of $60 million.
Date Night continues to hold up very nicely this week. The romantic comedy from Fox was up one spot from Tuesday to finish in third with $0.432 million. Date Night was down 7 percent from Tuesday and down a very slim 4 percent from last Wednesday. The 34-day gross for the film stands at $82.28 million, as strong holding power has helped make up for the film's slower than expected start back in April.
Also up one spot from Tuesday was Paramount's How to Train Your Dragon. The 3D computer animated blockbuster from DreamWorks placed in fourth with $0.410 million. Dragon was down 6 percent from Tuesday and down 17 percent from last Wednesday. How to Train Your Dragon has grossed $202.24 million to date and could hold up very well this weekend given that Shrek Forever After is set to invade 3D screens on May 21st.
The Back-up Plan rounded out the day's top five with $0.410 million. The romantic comedy from CBS Films was separated by only $411 from How to Train Your Dragon for the day. The Back-up Plan was down 12 percent from Tuesday and down 15 percent from last Wednesday. The film's 20-day total stands at $31.34 million.