Universal's Bridesmaids grossed $2.95 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a third straight day. The break-out comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph fell 14 percent from Tuesday. That represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases, as the marketplace as a whole on Wednesday was clearly impacted from the combination of American Idol and Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Bridesmaids continues to display terrific holding power thanks in part to great word of mouth and strong reviews. The film has exceeded expectations with $35.60 million in six days and is in great shape to hold up very well this weekend, even with the added presence of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starting tomorrow.
Paramount's Thor held steady in second with $2.30 million. The comic book adaptation from Marvel fell 25 percent from Tuesday, which was in line with the type of sharp daily declines most wide releases experienced yesterday. Thor was down a respectable 45 percent from last Wednesday. Thor has grossed $127.71 million in 13 days, as it continues to run in line with expectations. The film is currently running 23 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's The Incredible Hulk and 32 percent behind the pace of 2008's Iron Man.
Fast Five grossed $1.31 million to remain in third place. The blockbuster sequel from Universal fell 24 percent from Tuesday, but was still only down 39 percent from last Wednesday. Fast Five has grossed $174.32 million through 20 days of release, leaving it $25.68 million away from the $200 million domestic milestone. Thus far Fast Five has registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.02 to 1, whereas 2009's Fast & Furious was only able to generate of ratio of 2.19 to 1 for its entire run.
Sony's Priest remained in fourth place with $0.89 million. The 3D action film from Screen Gems was down a rough 29 percent from Tuesday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. Given that last year's Legion was quite front-loaded, it isn't a surprise that Priest is also falling off quickly. The six-day start for Priest stands at a modest $18.30 million, placing the film 13 percent behind the pace of Legion.