Disney's Cars 2 led the daily box office on Monday with $6.96 million. However, the 3D computer animated sequel from Pixar was down 59 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's largest daily declines among wide releases. In comparison, 2008's WALL-E fell 50 percent on its first Monday, while last year's Toy Story 3 fell 51 percent on its first Monday. That is a sign that Cars 2 is skewing younger than both of those films and more importantly, that early word of mouth for Cars 2 isn't as strong.
Cars 2 did have a better first Monday hold than that of 2006's Cars, which fell 63 percent on its first Monday, though it should be noted that Cars opened earlier in the month of June (when more schools were still in session). Cars 2 has now grossed $73.09 million through four days of release, placing it 10 percent ahead of the pace of Cars and 1.5 percent ahead of the pace of WALL-E. With Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon opening for early 3D and IMAX 3D screenings tonight, it is quite possible that Cars 2 could fall to second place today.
On the heels of a better than expected start over the weekend, Bad Teacher held up nicely on Monday with a second place finish of $4.01 million. Sony's R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz fell just 52 percent from Sunday. Bad Teacher has grossed $35.61 million through four days of release and is clearly continuing the trend of R-rated comedies performing strongly at the box office this summer. Bad Teacher is currently running 14 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's The Ugly Truth and on par with 2008's Step Brothers, both of which were also released by Sony.
Warner's Green Lantern claimed third place with $2.13 million. The big-budget superhero film fell 57 percent from Sunday and a steep 58 percent from last Monday. While Green Lantern isn't holding up well, it did cross the $90 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $91.12 million through eleven days of release. Green Lantern will certainly have its work cut out for it this week with the added presence of Transformers: Dark of the Moon in the marketplace.
Super 8 grossed $1.52 million to take fourth place. The science fiction film from Paramount has now grossed $96.63 million through eleven days of release, leaving it just $3.37 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone. Super 8 was down 55 percent from Sunday and down a very solid 41 percent from last Monday.
Fox's Mr. Popper's Penguins rounded out the day's top five with $1.36 million. The family comedy starring Jim Carrey was down only 49 percent from Sunday, as the film's midweek grosses continue to remain relatively stronger than its weekend grosses. Mr. Popper's Penguins was down 43 percent from last Monday. The film cleared the $40 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $40.66 million in eleven days.
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