Fox's Rio grossed $3.34 million on Monday to continue to lead the daily box office. The 3D computer animated film has now led the daily box office for eleven consecutive days. Rio was down just 42 percent from Sunday, as films in general on Monday held up well from Easter Sunday grosses (which are traditionally deflated). Compared to last Monday, Rio increased by 2 percent. Rio has grossed $84.15 million in eleven days and is set to zoom past the $100 million mark over the upcoming weekend. The film is currently running 14 percent behind the pace of last year's How to Train Your Dragon.
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family took second place with $2.18 million. The latest Tyler Perry film from Lionsgate was down 60 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases. With a four-day start of $27.25 million, Big Happy Family has been soft for a Perry film featuring his Madea character and is performing more in line with his non-Madea films. Madea's Big Happy Family is currently running 16 percent behind the pace of last year's Why Did I Get Married Too? and 25 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Meet the Browns (both of which also opened over Easter weekend).
Fox's Water for Elephants placed in third with $1.78 million. The drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz was down 48 percent from Sunday. Water for Elephants continues to run in line with expectations with a four-day start of $18.63 million. That places the film 11 percent behind the pace of 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife. With Water for Elephants seemingly not being driven by younger Robert Pattinson fans, the film has a good chance of holding up well going forward.
HOP finished in fourth place with $1.25 million. Universal's Easter themed family film fell 54 percent from Sunday, but was still up a healthy 13 percent over last Monday. With Easter now behind us, it's likely that HOP will start to lose momentum before much longer. With that said, HOP has already greatly exceeded expectations with a 25-day gross of $101.47 million and will soon overtake Just Go With It to become the second highest grossing domestic release of 2011 so far.
After experiencing harsh declines on both Saturday and Sunday, African Cats was able to stabilize on Monday. The nature documentary from Disneynature grossed $0.66 million, which was down only 32 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. Previous Disneynature releases Earth and Oceans were both relatively stronger on weekdays than they were on weekends, and it already looks like African Cats will follow that pattern. The four-day start for African Cats stands at $6.66 million, placing the film 22 percent behind the pace of Oceans.