Paramount's Super 8 topped the daily box office for a sixth consecutive day on Wednesday. The J.J. Abrams directed science fiction film grossed $3.37 million for the day, which was down 21 percent from Tuesday. In general non-family films in wide release were down sharply from Tuesday on Wednesday. Super 8 has grossed $48.05 million through six days of release. That is slightly above pre-release expectations and is very solid when taking into account the film's $50 million production budget. Super 8 will surpass the $50 million domestic mark today and is currently running 6 percent behind the pace of 2009's District 9.
Fox's X-Men: First Class grossed $2.32 million to remain in second place. The big-budget superhero prequel was down 22 percent from Tuesday and down 45 percent from last Wednesday. X-Men: First Class has grossed $106.04 million through 13 days of release. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, X-Men: First Class is currently running just 1.6 percent behind the pace of 2000's X-Men. X-Men: First Class is generating good word of mouth, but is still likely to take a significant hit from Warner's Green Lantern this weekend.
Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed $1.95 million to finish in third for a second straight day. The 3D computer animated film from Paramount and DreamWorks Animation was down 7 percent from Tuesday and down 20 percent from last Wednesday. As we move further into the summer, midweek grosses for Kung Fu Panda 2 have continued to stabilize. With that said, the film's three-week domestic total stands at a far weaker than expected $132.65 million. The international performance of Kung Fu Panda 2 continues to be far stronger.
Warner's The Hangover: Part II held steady in fourth place with $1.63 million. The blockbuster comedy sequel fell 21 percent from Tuesday and 44 percent from last Wednesday. The Hangover Part II had seen its daily grosses stabilize over the past week, but lost some of that momentum yesterday. Nonetheless, the film has already grossed $221.32 million through three weeks, which currently ranks it as the highest grossing domestic release of 2011.
Bridesmaids rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.31 million. The break-out comedy from Universal continues to display exceptional holding power as it was down 14 percent from Tuesday and down just 20 percent from last Wednesday. Bridesmaids has grossed $127.92 million after 34 days and will reach the $150 million domestic mark before much longer.