Bridesmaids spent its first day in first place on Monday, while Thor slid to second.

Bridesmaids’ Overtakes ‘Thor’ for #1 on Monday

on May 17, 2011 by Daniel Garris
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Universal's Bridesmaids continued to hold up extremely well on Monday and in the process overtook Paramount's Thor for first place at the daily box office. The break-out comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph fell just 62 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Excellent word of mouth is already helping Bridesmaids in a big way, as the film has grossed a better than expected $29.24 million in four days. That places the film 34 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's What Happens in Vegas... Bridesmaids will zoom past the $30 million mark today and already looks to have a great chance of reaching the $100 million domestic milestone by the end of its run.

Thor had led the daily box office for ten consecutive days, but that streak was snapped on Monday as the film had to settle for second place with $2.86 million. The comic book adaptation from Marvel trailed Bridesmaids by $0.134 million for the day. Thor fell 73 percent from Sunday and a reasonable 47 percent from last Monday. Thor topped the $120 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $122.31 million in eleven days. That is in line with expectations and places the film 33 percent behind the pace of 2008's Iron Man and 23 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's The Incredible Hulk.

Universal's Fast Five took third place with $1.59 million. The blockbuster sequel starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson was down 72 percent from Sunday and down a very solid 37 percent from last Monday. Fast Five topped the $170 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $171.28 million in 18 days. That leaves the film just $28.72 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

Sony's Priest finished in fourth with $1.21 million. The 3D action film from Screen Gems fell 67 percent from Sunday. Priest continues to run in line with its modest expectations with a four-day start of $16.17 million. That places the film 14 percent behind the pace of last year's Legion, which didn't have the benefit of higher priced 3D tickets. If it holds up similarly to Legion going forward, Priest would be on course for a final domestic gross in the area of $35 million.

Tags: Priest, Fast Five, Thor, Bridesmaids
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