Universal's Fast Five dominated the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day on Monday. The blockbuster sequel starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson grossed $6.23 million, which was down 71 percent from Sunday. In comparison, 2009's Fast Five fell 67 percent on its first Monday, while 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine fell 74 percent. Fast Five topped the $90 million mark on Monday and is set to zoom past the $100 million domestic milestone on Wednesday. Before much longer Fast Five will overtake the $119.95 million current gross of Paramount's Rango to become the highest grossing domestic release of 2010 thus far. With an impressive four-day start of $92.43 million, Fast Five is currently running 22 percent ahead of the pace of Fast & Furious and 2 percent ahead of Wolverine.
Fox's Water For Elephants finished in a very distant second place with $0.78 million. The drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson was down 67 percent from Sunday and down 56 percent from last Monday. Holdovers in general were down sharply from last Monday's post-Easter grosses. Water For Elephants has grossed $33.26 million through eleven days of release. That is in line with expectations and places the film 13 percent behind the pace of 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife. Through Sunday on the international front, Water For Elephants has grossed $8.2 million, placing its worldwide total at $41.5 million.
Fellow Fox release Rio took third place with $0.69 million. The 3D computer animated film grossed $0.69 million, which was down 85 percent from Sunday and down a massive 79 percent from last Monday. The 18-day gross for Rio stands at $104.70 million. Rio is now running 22 percent behind the pace of last year's How to Train Your Dragon and the gap between the two films should only grow larger going forward. While Rio is clearly starting to lose momentum domestically, the film continues to perform much stronger internationally.
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family grossed $0.54 million to finish in fourth. The latest Tyler Perry film from Lionsgate fell 76 percent from Sunday and 75 percent from last Monday. After a solid opening weekend performance Big Happy Family has been quite front-loaded, which is commonplace for Perry's films. Madea's Big Happy Family has grossed $41.44 million in eleven days and is likely to take another significant hit this weekend when Sony's Jumping the Broom enters the marketplace on Friday.