Paramount's No Strings Attached led the daily box office for a second straight day on Wednesday. The R-rated romantic comedy continued to hold up nicely with a daily gross of $0.98 million. That was up 1 percent over Tuesday and down a solid 31 percent from last Wednesday, as good word of mouth and lack of direct competition continues to help drive the film. No Strings Attached has grossed $42.37 million through 13 days of release and is on course to clear the $50 million mark by the end of the weekend.
The King's Speech held steady in second place with $0.85 million. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company was down 7 percent from Tuesday, as it is showing some minor signs of slowing the past couple days. However, the film was still only down 17 percent from last weekend, which should transfer into another strong hold over the weekend. The King's Speech has grossed $74.87 million to date and will clear the $75 million mark today.
The Rite moved up one spot from Tuesday to take third place on Wednesday with $0.77 million. With that said, Warner's PG-13 thriller was still down a noteworthy 10 percent from Tuesday. The film isn't holding up that well so far during the midweek, which strongly suggests that it will experience a large decline this coming weekend. The Rite has grossed $17.36 million in six days, placing it 27 percent behind the pace of last year's The Last Exorcism.
On the heels of a nice daily hold on Tuesday, The Mechanic fell one spot and a sharp 14 percent on Wednesday. The Jason Statham vehicle from CBS Films finished in fourth place with $0.77 million. With a six-day start of $13.95 million, The Mechanic is still running a bit above expectations thanks in part to solid daily holds up until yesterday. However, the film is likely to take a big hit over the weekend from Super Bowl XLV.
Sony's The Green Hornet grossed $0.67 million to round out the day's top five once again. In the process The Green Hornet cleared the $80 million mark yesterday, making it the first domestic release of 2011 to do so. The 3D action-comedy has grossed $80.47 million in 20 days, leaving it $19.53 million away from the $100 million milestone.
Further down on the daily box office chart Disney's Tangled surpassed the $190 million mark yesterday. Meanwhile, Paramount's True Grit is set to reach the $150 million milestone today.