Despicable Me held up quite nicely on Monday with a first place finish of $7.53 million. The break-out computer animated film from Universal was down just 47 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. With summer midweek business in full swing and Sunday's grosses having been deflated a bit by the World Cup Final, daily holds were strong in general yesterday.
Despicable Me has grossed a very impressive $63.92 million in its first four days of release, placing it 19 percent ahead of the pace of last July's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. At this point it appears highly likely that Despicable Me will display excellent holding power throughout its run, especially with most of the summer's higher-profile family films having now been released.
Summit's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse remained in second with $4.33 million. Eclipse was down a healthy 48 percent from Sunday and down 77 percent from last Monday. Percentage declines from last Monday were sharp across the board as a result of last Monday being part of the extended Independence Day holiday weekend. After being extremely front-loaded in its first few days of release, Eclipse has stabilized quite a bit in the past week and now boasts a 13-day gross of $239.70 million. That places Eclipse 1 percent ahead of the pace of last year's New Moon and 6 percent ahead of last year's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Toy Story 3 was up one spot from its fourth place finish over the weekend to claim third on Monday. Disney's computer animated blockbuster grossed $2.80 million, which was down 50 percent from Sunday and down 78 percent from last Monday. Yesterday saw Toy Story 3 officially pass the $339.71 million total gross of 2003's Finding Nemo to become the highest grossing film ever from Pixar domestically (without taking into account ticket price inflation). Toy Story 3 has grossed $342.04 million through 25 days and currently ranks as the sixteenth highest grossing film of all time without adjusting for inflation.
Predators experienced the day's largest decline among wide releases as it was down 56 percent from Sunday. The sci-fi action sequel from Fox placed in fourth with $2.61 million. Predators is having a solid performance thus far when taking into account its pre-release expectations and its modest production budget for its genre. The film's four-day start stands at $27.37 million, placing it 35 percent behind the pace of 2004's Alien vs. Predator and 35 percent ahead of 2007's Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem.
The Last Airbender fell to sixth on Monday, but also crossed the $100 million mark in the process. The big-budget Paramount release represents the first film from director M. Night Shyamalan to reach the $100 million milestone since The Village did so in the summer of 2004.
The Kids Are All Right continued its tremendous start in platform release with $63,645. The comedy from Focus starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore has grossed $555,616 in its first four days of release. The film is currently playing in seven locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco and is set to expand into additional markets on Friday.