Paramount's Super 8 grossed $3.97 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. In the process the science fiction film from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg surpassed the $40 million mark. Super 8 has grossed $40.42 million through four days of wide release (and one extra day of limited release). That is above pre-release expectations and places the film 5 percent behind the pace of 2009's District 9. Super 8 fell 58 percent from Sunday, which was in line with the type of daily declines experienced by wide releases in general on Monday.
X-Men: First Class topped the $100 million mark on Monday. Fox's superhero prequel took second place for the day with $2.73 million. That was down 59 percent from Sunday and down a so-so 50 percent from last Monday. With an eleven-day gross of $100.75 million, X-Men: First Class continues to perform extremely similar to 2000's X-Men (without taking into account ticket price inflation). X-Men: First Class is currently running 1.4 percent behind the pace of X-Men. While strong word of mouth is helping First Class, it will face new direct competition from Warner's Green Lantern beginning on Friday.
Warner's The Hangover Part II finished in third with $1.88 million. The blockbuster comedy sequel fell 57 percent from Sunday and 42 percent from last Monday. After falling off rapidly during its second week of release, The Hangover Part II has rebounded nicely during its third week of release. The Hangover Part II is currently the highest grossing domestic release of 2011 with a 19-day total of $217.61 million. That accomplishment is especially impressive when taking into account the film's R rating.
Kung Fu Panda 2 finished closely behind in fourth place with $1.79 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Paramount and DreamWorks Animation fell 63 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases, as the family skewing film didn't take as big of a hit as non-family films did from Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. Kung Fu Panda 2 has grossed a weaker than expected $128.60 million in 19 days, placing it 20.5 percent behind the pace of 2008's Kung Fu Panda.
Universal's Bridesmaids overtook Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in the daily rankings to round Monday's top five. Bridesmaids was down 54 percent from Sunday to gross $1.256 million, while On Stranger Tides fell 60 percent to gross $1.239 million. Respective total domestic grosses stand at $125.07 million for Bridesmaids and at $210.11 million for On Stranger Tides.