In what will be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Fox's Unstoppable led the way on Thursday with $1.34 million. The action-thriller starring Denzel Washington was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Daily grosses were down in general on Thursday, as anticipation for the midnight start of Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was already having an effect on holdovers throughout the day. Unstoppable grossed $28.86 million for the week, which was in line with pre-release expectations. Though it led the daily box office for five of the past seven days, Unstoppable had to settle for second place for the week behind Paramount's Megamind.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was off to a very impressive start last night. The latest Harry Potter film grossed an estimated $24.0 million in midnight grosses, which will be counted towards today's opening day performance. That fell right in between the $22.2 million midnight start of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the $26.3 million start of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. With that in mind, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is obviously on course for a tremendous debut this weekend. Further reporting on the performance of Deathly Hallows; Part 1 can be read here.
Warner's Due Date held steady in second on Thursday with $1.04 million. The Todd Phillips directed comedy was down 6 percent from Wednesday and down 69 percent from last Thursday. Yesterday's grosses were understandably down significantly from business on Veterans Day last Thursday. Due Date finished in third place for the week with $20.04 million and has now grossed $63.52 million through two weeks of release.
Megamind remained in third place with $0.97 million. The 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was down 7 percent from Wednesday and down a massive 87 percent from last Thursday. Megamind fell 44 percent this week from its opening week performance, but still remained the frame's top film with a weekly take of $33.60 million. Megamind has grossed $93.30 million in 14 days and will zoom past the $100 million mark this weekend.
Fellow Paramount release Morning Glory continued to claim fourth place with $0.62 million. That was down 9 percent from Wednesday and down 60 percent from last Thursday. Morning Glory took fifth place for the week with $12.02 million and has grossed $14.62 million through nine days of release. Thus far the film is performing a bit below its modest expectations.
Universal's Skyline rounded out the day's top five with $0.48 million. The low-budget sci-fi film continued to fall off sharply, as it was down 15 percent from Wednesday. Skyline finished in fourth with $14.21 million this week, but is falling off much faster than Morning Glory so far and should continue to do so going forward.