After debuting in second place over the weekend, Sanctum moved up to first place on Monday.

‘Sanctum’ Overtakes ‘The Roommate’ on Monday

on February 08, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Universal's Sanctum was up one spot on Monday to claim first place with $0.81 million. Yesterday's performance represented the first time the film has led the daily box office. On the heels of Sunday's grosses being greatly deflated by Super Bowl XLV, daily holds in general were stronger than usual on Monday. Sanctum has grossed $10.26 million through four days of release. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations, but is soft for a 3D release. The film will hope to hold up well going forward with the aid of its higher priced 3D and IMAX tickets.

After debuting in first place over the weekend, The Roommate slid to second place on Monday. Sony's PG-13 thriller grossed $0.71 million, which was down 58 percent from Sunday. With The Roommate skewing heavily towards moviegoers under 21, midweek grosses for the film should continue to remain modest going forward. The Roommate has grossed $15.71 million through four days of release, placing it 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's The Messengers and 30 percent behind the pace of 2006's When a Stranger Calls.

Paramount's No Strings Attached took third place with $0.65 million. The R-rated romantic comedy was down 42 percent from Sunday and down 28 percent from last Monday. With Sony's Just Go with It entering the marketplace on Friday, No Strings Attached could hold up nicely during the midweek before taking a hit over the weekend. No Strings Attached has grossed $52.05 million after 18 days of release.

The King's Speech finished in fourth with $0.63 million. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company was down 55 percent from Sunday and down 32 percent from last Monday. After displaying tremendous holding power throughout January, The King's Speech has finally lost a bit of momentum over the past week.  With that said, the film is still holding up well in comparison to the other films currently in the marketplace. The King's Speech has grossed $84.16 million to date.

The Mechanic held up nicely on Monday to round out the day's top five with $0.56 million. The Jason Statham vehicle was down only 38 percent from Sunday as it was clearly hurt even more by the Super Bowl than most other films were. The Mechanic has grossed $20.56 million in eleven days. The film continues to outpace expectations slightly and is currently running 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Crank.

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

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