Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II grossed $12.27 million on Wednesday to easily lead the daily box office for a sixth consecutive day. However, the final chapter of Warner's blockbuster franchise did fall a significant 20 percent from Tuesday. Sharp first-Wednesday declines have been a common trend for high-profile new releases throughout the summer and Deathly Hallows: Part II proved to be no different. In comparison, 2008's The Dark Knight fell just 12 percent at the same point in its run, while 2009's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince experienced a similar daily slide of 21 percent.
Deathly Hallows: Part II has now grossed $214.89 million through six days of release, which represents the third largest six-day start of all-time, behind only The Dark Knight ($222.15 million) and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($214.93 million). Given the size of yesterday's percentage decline, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II should find itself in a close battle for first place this coming weekend with Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger.
Fellow Warner Bros. release Horrible Bosses moved up one spot from Tuesday to take second on Wednesday with $2.50 million. The well received R-rated comedy fell 14 percent from Tuesday and a healthy 26 percent from last Wednesday. Horrible Bosses has grossed $68.17 million in 13 days and is set to clear the $70 million mark today. Even with added competition from Sony's Friends With Benefits beginning on Friday, Horrible Bosses is still in great shape to hold up nicely over the weekend.
Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon fell one spot and 19 percent from Tuesday to finish in third on Wednesday. The 3D blockbuster sequel grossed $2.46 million for the day, which was down 47 percent from last Wednesday. Transformers: Dark of the Moon has grossed a terrific $311.24 million in 22 days, but has lost major momentum in the days since Harry Potter entered the marketplace and has yet to re-stabilize.
Zookeeper held steady in fourth place with $1.92 million. Sony's family comedy starring Kevin James was down 15 percent from Tuesday and down a very slim 18 percent from last Tuesday. After opening on the low end of expectations earlier in the month, Zookeeper has held up well so far, especially on weekdays. Zookeeper has grossed $48.40 million in 13 days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today.
Disney continued to claim fifth and sixth places respectively with its Cars 2 and Winnie the Pooh. Cars 2 fell 10 percent from Tuesday to gross $1.27 million, while Winnie the Pooh fell 12 percent to gross $1.07 million. Respective total grosses stand at $169.30 million through 27 days for Cars 2 and at $11.27 million through six days for Winnie the Pooh.
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