Disney's Toy Story 3 rounded out its magical first week in theatres with another impressive showing at the daily box office on Thursday. The blockbuster computer animated sequel from Pixar grossed $13.06 million, which was down a slim 3 percent from Wednesday. Thanks in part to the tremendous holding power it displayed during the midweek (especially for a film of its size), Toy Story 3 grossed $167.55 million in its first seven days of release. That represented the largest seven-day gross of any film since the $188.08 million seven-day start of last November's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Compared to recent summer Pixar releases, Toy Story 3 is running 80 percent ahead of the pace of last year's UP, 77 percent ahead of 2008's WALL-E and an amazing 101 percent ahead of 2006's Cars. With Toy Story 3 showing no signs of slowing during the midweek, the film will have no problem remaining at the top of the box office with ease over the weekend.
After a slow start on Wednesday, Fox's Knight and Day held up very well on Thursday. The big-budget action comedy starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz remained in second place with $3.48 million. Knight and Day was down just 9 percent from Wednesday. That type of Thursday hold is very rare for a Wednesday opener when holidays don't come into play, and strongly suggests that many moviegoers were unaware of the relatively last minute release date change to Wednesday.
Knight and Day has grossed $7.29 million in two days, placing it 34 percent behind the pace of 2008's Tropic Thunder (which fell 30 percent on its first Thursday). If Knight and Day holds up similarly to Tropic Thunder over the next few days, an opening weekend in the area of $20 million will be in store for the film.
The Karate Kid held steady in third with $3.15 million. The break-out remake from Sony held up well as it was up 6 percent from Wednesday (the film's best daily midweek hold to date) and down just 28 percent from last Thursday. It should be noted that percentage declines from last Thursday were helped greatly in general as a result of last Thursday's grosses taking a big hit from Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Thursday's performance is a good sign for The Karate Kid as it heads into its third weekend. The two-week gross for the film stands at a very impressive $120.24 million.
The A-Team remained in fourth place for the day with $1.38 million. That was unchanged from Wednesday and down 32 percent from last Thursday. Though it held up fairly well for its genre this week with a second-week gross of $20.82 million, the big-budget action film from Fox has still grossed an underwhelming $56.84 million through 14 days of release.