Universal's Fast Five grossed $4.63 million on Wednesday to comfortably lead the daily box office once again. In the process the blockbuster sequel surpassed the $100 million mark. Fast Five reached that milestone in just six days of release. However, after holding up fairly well thus far, Fast Five was down a sharp 25 percent from Tuesday, which represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. In comparison, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine fell 14 percent on its first Wednesday, while 2009's Fast & Furious fell 9 percent. With that said, with a six-day gross of $103.22 million, Fast Five is running 22 percent ahead of the pace of Fast & Furious and 4 percent ahead of Wolverine.
Water For Elephants held steady in second with $0.90 million. The drama from Fox starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson fell 15 percent from Tuesday and was down a solid 37 percent from last Wednesday. Water For Elephants continues to hold up fairly well and has now grossed $35.22 million through 13 days of release. That places the film 13 percent behind the pace of 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife.
Fellow Fox release Rio remained in third place with $0.64 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster was down 17 percent from Tuesday and down 59 percent from last Wednesday. Rio has grossed $106.12 million in 20 days, but will see its total domestic gross overtaken by Fast Five today. Rio continues to perform especially stronger internationally, which happens quite often with family fare from Fox.
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family grossed $0.46 million to remain in fourth. The Lionsgate release fell 20 percent from Tuesday and 59 percent from last Wednesday. Madea's Big Happy Family has grossed $42.47 million through 13 days, which while solid is also below pre-release expectations. Look for the film to take a significant hit this weekend from the release of Sony's Jumping the Broom.
African Cats rounded out the day's top five with $0.28 million. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature was down 12 percent from Tuesday and down 45 percent from last Wednesday. While African Cats continues to hold up well on weekdays, it has been unable to maintain that momentum on weekends. African Cats has grossed $11.48 million in 13 days, as it hasn't had the same type of box office impact as either 2009's Earth or 2010's Oceans did.