Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed $5.87 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a thirteenth consecutive day. However, the blockbuster 3D sequel was down 58 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. Dark of the Moon was down 67.5 percent from last Monday's holiday inflated performance. The 13-day gross for Dark of the Moon stands at $266.94 million; already making it the year's highest grossing release of 2010 thus far domestically. At its current pace, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is set to reach the $300 million domestic milestone by the end of the upcoming weekend.
Warner's Horrible Bosses was down a very respectable 53 percent from Sunday to remain in second on Monday with $3.76 million. The latest in the string of strong performing R-rated comedies this summer has grossed $32.07 million through four days of release. That is on the high end of pre-release expectations and places the film 10 percent behind the pace of Sony's Bad Teacher at the same point in its run last month. Horrible Bosses will hope to hold up well going forward with the aid of very good word of mouth.
Sony's Zookeeper also fell 53 percent from Sunday's performance on Monday. The Kevin James vehicle held steady in third with a daily gross of $2.55 million. The four-day total for Zookeeper stands at $22.52 million, which is on the low end of pre-release expectations and is soft given the film's budget. Zookeeper is currently running 8 percent ahead of the pace of Fox's Mr. Popper's Penguins at the same point in its run last month.
Cars 2 claimed fourth place for the day with $1.99 million and in the process topped the $150 million domestic mark. The 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar fell 54 percent from Sunday and 63 percent from last Monday's holiday performance. Cars 2 has grossed $150.82 million through 18 days of release, but is displaying poor holding power by Pixar's lofty standards.
Bad Teacher rounded out Monday's top five with $1.22 million. The R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz was down 50 percent from Sunday and down 56 percent from last Monday. Bad Teacher has exceeded expectations with $79.89 million through 18 days and is obviously set to clear the $80 million mark today.