Paramount's No Strings Attached led Monday's daily box office with $1.54 million. The R-rated romantic comedy starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher has now topped the daily box office three of the past four days (it finished in second place on Saturday). No Strings Attached was down 63 percent from Sunday. Monday's daily holds in general were helped by Sunday's grosses being deflated by the NFL Conference Championship games. Thus far No Strings Attached is running in line with pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $21.20 million. No Strings Attached will look to hold up well going forward, especially given the lack of new direct competition over the next couple weeks.
The Green Hornet claimed second place with $1.09 million. Sony's 3D action-comedy was down 73 percent from Sunday and down a massive 83 percent from last Monday's holiday inflated gross. The eleven-day gross for The Green Hornet now stands at $64.11 million, placing it 3 percent behind the pace of 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop and 3 percent ahead of the pace of last year's The Book of Eli.
Best Picture nominee The King's Speech grossed $0.64 million to take third place. The Weinstein Company release was down 64 percent from Sunday and down 70 percent from last Monday's holiday performance. On the heels of receiving 12 Academy Award nominations today, The King's Speech will look to build upon its already impressive box office run. The King's Speech has grossed $57.95 million to date.
Universal's The Dilemma finished in fourth place with $0.57 million. The PG-13 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 79 percent from last Monday. The eleven-day start for The Dilemma stands at a weaker than expected $33.32 million.
A trio of Oscar nominees for Best Picture continued to claim places five through seven. Paramount's True Grit rounded Monday's top five with $0.54 million, Fox Searchlight's Black Swan took sixth place with $0.49 million and The Fighter finished in seventh with $0.32 million. True Grit and The Fighter experienced some of Monday's best daily holds, due in part to their Sunday grosses having been affected more than most by the NFL Conference Championships. To date respective total grosses stand at $138.51 million for True Grit, $83.74 million for Black Swan and at $73.00 million for The Fighter.
Other current total grosses for Best Picture nominees still in theatres include $95.44 million for Sony's The Social Network, $11.31 million for Fox Searchlight's 127 Hours and $6.27 million for Roadside's Winter's Bone.