Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed $9.55 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a ninth consecutive day. The blockbuster 3D sequel was down a respectable 8 percent from Wednesday and down 56 percent from last Thursday. Dark of the Moon was easily the week's top film with a weekly take of $149.21 million. The film's nine-day total stands at $213.98 million, which already makes it the third highest grossing release of 2011 thus far domestically and places the film in position to become 2011's highest grossing domestic release by the end of the weekend. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is currently running 15 percent behind the pace of 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and 18.5 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Transformers.
Disney's Cars 2 held steady in second with $3.58 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Pixar was down a slim 2 percent from Wednesday. In general, Thursday grosses for wide release were fairly unchanged from Wednesday's grosses. Compared to last Thursday, Cars 2 was down a solid 31 percent. Cars 2 finished in second place this week with $42.69 million. That was down a notable 53 percent from the film's opening weekend performance and brings the film's two-week total to $133.62 million. Cars 2 is still running slightly ahead of the pace of 2006's Cars, but that will no longer be the case by the end of the weekend.
Bad Teacher remained in third place with $2.25 million. Sony's R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz fell 2 percent from Wednesday and a healthy 23 percent from last Thursday. Bad Teacher claimed third for the week with a weekly take of $24.31 million. The film fell 47 percent from the previous week and has grossed a better than expected $69.76 million in two weeks. It will be interesting to see just how well Bad Teacher will be able to hold up this weekend with the added presence of Warner's Horrible Bosses in the marketplace.
Universal's Larry Crowne was also down 2 percent to remain in fourth with $1.32 million. The Tom Hanks directed film starring Hanks and Julia Roberts grossed just $20.26 million in its first week of release. That was good enough for fourth place this week. Midweek grosses for Larry Crowne tailed off more than those of other films this week, but the film should pick back up over the weekend thanks in part to skewing extremely heavily towards moviegoers 35 and over.
Fox's Monte Carlo rounded out its first week in theatres with $1.16 million on Thursday. Unlike Larry Crowne, Monte Carlo stabilized nicely during the midweek, but it is also very likely that Monte Carlo won't pick up much over the weekend. Monte Carlo grossed $12.32 million in its first week of release. That placed the film in sixth for the week and was in line with the film's modest expectations.
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