Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides grossed $8.14 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The fourth installment of the popular franchise starring Johnny Depp fell 65 percent from Sunday. Daily grosses in general were inflated on Monday thanks to the Victoria Day holiday in Canada. In comparison, 2005's Revenge of the Sith fell 58 percent on its first Monday while 2007's Shrek the Third fell 73 percent (it was Victoria Day in both cases). Thus far On Stranger Tides is performing towards the lower end of expectations with a four-day start of $98.30 million. That places the film 26 percent behind the pace of Shrek the Third. It is extremely likely that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will take a big hit on Thursday when Warner's The Hangover Part II and Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2 both enter the marketplace.
Bridesmaids continued to display impressive holding power on Monday as it finished in second with $2.72 million. The break-out comedy from Universal was down 57 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. Compared to last Monday, Bridesmaids was down a very slim 9 percent. Bridesmaids topped the $60 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a better than expected $62.06 million through eleven days of release. After being able to hold up well against On Stranger Tides this past weekend, Bridesmaids will hope to hold up well against The Hangover Part II this coming weekend.
Paramount's Thor took third place with $1.68 million. The comic book adaptation from Marvel was down 64 percent from Sunday and down 41 percent from last Monday. Thor has grossed $147.04 million in 18 days and is set to clear the $150 million mark on either Wednesday or Thursday. The film has held up reasonably well thus far, but like On Stranger Tides, Thor is likely to take a big hit on Thursday from the one-two punch of The Hangover II and Kung Fu Panda 2.
Fast Five finished in fourth on Monday with $1.05 million. Universal's blockbuster sequel fell 64 percent from Sunday and 34 percent from last Monday. After experiencing a huge decline in its second weekend, Fast Five has stabilized nicely in the days since then thanks to strong word of mouth. Fast Five has grossed $187.21 million in 25 days and is now just $12.79 million away from becoming the first release of 2011 to reach the $200 million domestic milestone.