Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed $10.33 million on Wednesday to remain at the top of the daily box office. In the process Paramount's blockbuster 3D sequel surpassed the $200 million domestic milestone. Dark of the Moon reached the milestone on its eighth day of full release. Only 2008's The Dark Knight and 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen reached the milestone faster (both in five days), while four other films also reached the milestone in eight days (2004's Spider-Man 2, 2005's Revenge of the Sith, 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and 2009's The Twilight Saga: New Moon).
Transformers: Dark of the Moon fell 23 percent from Tuesday, which was a bit sharper than the 19 percent daily slide Revenge of the Fallen experienced at the same point during its run. Dark of the Moon has grossed $204.42 million in eight days, placing it 15 percent behind the pace of Revenge of the Fallen and 18 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Transformers.
Disney's Cars 2 held steady in second with $3.65 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Pixar fell just 4 percent from Tuesday, as Wednesday daily holds in general were stronger than usual yesterday. Compared to last Wednesday, Cars 2 was down a very solid 34 percent. Cars 2 topped the $130 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $130.04 million through 13 days of release. Cars 2 continues to run 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Cars, but will lose its lead before much longer.
Bad Teacher remained in third place with $2.29 million. Sony's R-rated comedy fell 8 percent from Tuesday and just 23 percent from last Wednesday. Bad Teacher has grossed a better than expected $67.50 million in 13 days and will reach the $70 million mark either today or Friday.
Universal's Larry Crowne grossed $1.35 million to continue to claim fourth. The Tom Hanks directed film starring Hanks and Julia Roberts fell 9 percent from Tuesday. Larry Crowne has grossed an underwhelming $18.94 million in six days and will top the $20 million mark today.
Fox's Monte Carlo rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.25 million. The Selena Gomez vehicle was down 6 percent from Tuesday. After being very front-loaded over the weekend, Monte Carlo has stabilized nicely over the past two days. The film's six-day total stands at $11.16 million.
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