Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I led the daily box office with ease for a fourth straight day on Monday. The seventh installment of the long-running fantasy franchise grossed $8.79 million, which was down 65 percent from Sunday. In comparison, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fell 69 percent on its first Monday, while last year's The Twilight Saga: New Moon fell 62 percent on its first Monday. At this point in the film's run, Monday's hold is a strong indication that Deathly Hallows: Part I is skewing a bit older than Goblet of Fire did. Deathly Hallows: Part I has grossed a tremendous $133.80 million in its first four days of release, placing it 21 percent ahead of the pace of Goblet of Fire and 13 percent behind New Moon. At this rate Deathly Hallows: Part I will have no problem remaining at the top of the box office over Thanksgiving weekend.
Megamind held up nicely on Monday to remain in second place. The 3D computer animated film from Paramount and DreamWorks grossed $1.51 million, which was down 67 percent from Sunday and up 37 percent from last Monday. That represented a better than normal hold for a computer animated release on the Monday before Thanksgiving. With Megamind to lose 3D screens to Disney's Tangled on Wednesday, Monday and today are serving as a last chance for some moviegoers to catch the film in 3D. Megamind has grossed $110.83 million in 18 days and should hold up nicely over Thanksgiving, even with the new competition from Tangled.
Fox's Unstoppable held steady in third place with $1.13 million. The action-thriller starring Denzel Washington was down 63 percent from Sunday and down 26 percent from last Monday. Unstoppable has grossed $43.00 million through eleven days, as it continues to run in line with pre-release expectations. Unstoppable should experience a very solid Thanksgiving hold, especially with three of this week's four new releases very likely to skew significantly towards female moviegoers. Look for Unstoppable to clear the $50 million mark on Friday.
Also holding up well was Warner's Due Date. The R-rated comedy continued to claim fourth place with $0.92 million. Due Date was down 58 percent from Sunday and down just 19 percent from last Monday. Due Date has grossed $73.35 million in 18 days and is set to clear the $80 million mark sometime during Thanksgiving weekend.
The Next Three Days rounded out the day's top five with $0.62 million. While the Lionsgate release starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks was down a very reasonable 61 percent from Sunday, the film's grosses still remain very disappointing. The Next Three Days has grossed just $7.16 million through four days of release.