Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides remained at the top of the box office on Monday with $6.05 million. In the process Disney's big-budget sequel starring Johnny Depp topped the $100 million mark on just its fifth day of release. On Stranger Tides has grossed $104.35 million through five days of release. That is towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 25 percent behind the pace of 2007's Shrek the Third. However, in falling 26 percent from Monday's Victoria Day inflated gross, On Stranger Tides held up better than Shrek the Third did on its first Tuesday when it fell 32 percent. With that said, 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.
Universal's Bridesmaids grossed $2.33 million to remain in second. The break-out comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph was down 14 percent from Monday and down 32 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day start for Bridesmaids stands at a better than expected $64.39 million. That already gives the film a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 2.45 to 1, as strong word of mouth continues to help drive the film's holding power. 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 held steady in third place with $1.28 million. The superhero adaptation from Marvel fell 23 percent from Monday, as Tuesday holds were weaker than normal in general as a result of the Victoria Day holiday in Canada on Monday. Thor was down a sharp 58 percent from last Tuesday, which certainly isn't a good sign for the film as we approach the holiday weekend. Thor has grossed $148.33 million in 19 days and is set to clear the $150 million mark on Thursday.
Fast Five continued to claim fourth with $0.85 million. The blockbuster sequel from Universal fell 19 percent from Monday and 51 percent from last Tuesday. Fast Five is currently the year's highest grossing domestic release with a better than expected 26-day take of $188.07 million.