The King's Speech topped No Strings Attached on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for the first time.

First Day in First Place for ‘The King’s Speech’

on February 10, 2011 by Daniel Garris

For the first time in its lengthy box office run, The King's Speech topped the daily box office on Wednesday. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company grossed $0.680 million, which was down 15 percent from Tuesday's second place performance. The King's Speech was down just 20 percent from last Wednesday. The King's Speech has now grossed $85.64 million to date. The film is set to clear the $90 million over the weekend and is currently just $14.36 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.

Paramount's No Strings Attached was also up one spot from Tuesday to finish in a very close second on Wednesday. The R-rated romantic comedy grossed $0.666 million for the day, as it trailed The King's Speech by a very slim $14,436. No Strings Attached was down 16 percent from Tuesday and down a very solid 32 percent from last Wednesday. No Strings Attached has grossed $53.51 million through 20 days of release.

Universal's Sanctum was down two spots and 25 percent from Tuesday to place in third on Wednesday with $0.640 million. After a solid Monday hold, Sanctum hasn't been able to hold up very well each of the past two days. That's a troubling sign for the film going forward, especially when considering that it is skewing heavily towards adults and has the added benefit of higher priced 3D and IMAX tickets. The James Cameron produced film has grossed a modest $11.75 million through six days of release.

The Roommate held steady in fourth place with $0.57 million, but was down a sharp 27 percent from Tuesday in the process. Given that Sony's PG-13 thriller is skewing heavily towards moviegoers under 21, it isn't a surprise that midweek grosses have been far softer than weekend grosses. With that said, a first Wednesday daily decline of that magnitude is never a good sign for any film. The Roommate has grossed $17.05 million through six days of release.

The Mechanic rounded out the day's top five with $0.50 million. The Jason Statham vehicle from CBS Films was down 19 percent from Tuesday and down a solid 34 percent from last Wednesday. The Mechanic has grossed $21.69 million through 13 days of release. The film is currently running 2 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Crank and is currently headed for a final domestic gross in the area of $30 million.

Tags: The Mechanic, The Roommate, Sanctum, No Strings Attached, The King's Speech

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