Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed $4.62 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a 15th consecutive day. However, the 3D blockbuster sequel was down 24 percent from Tuesday and down a sharp 55 percent from last Wednesday. After displaying solid holding power last week, Dark of the Moon is clearly losing momentum this week in the days leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. With that said, Dark of the Moon has already totaled a massive $277.63 million through 15 days of release and is still on course to reach the $300 million domestic milestone by the end of the weekend.
While it doesn't open domestically until midnight tonight, Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II opened in 26 international markets on Wednesday to terrific results. The final chapter of the long-running fantasy saga registered an international opening day gross of $43.6 million. That was 82 percent stronger than the opening day performances of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I in the same 26 markets. Key opening day highlights included $7.5 million in Australia, $7.1 million in France, $5.3 million in Germany, $4.6 million in Italy and $4.1 million in Russia. 3D grosses accounted for a sizable 65 percent of international opening day grosses.
Back on the domestic front, fellow Warner Bros. release Horrible Bosses grossed $3.37 million to remain in second place on Wednesday. The R-rated comedy starring Jason Bateman was down 17 percent from Tuesday, which was a respectable hold in comparison to the type of declines wide releases in general experienced on Wednesday. Horrible Bosses has grossed $39.50 million in six days and will zoom past the $40 million mark today. The film will hope to serve as a primary alternative to Harry Potter this weekend.
Sony's Zookeeper held steady in third with $2.34 million. After a strong daily hold on Tuesday, the Kevin James comedic vehicle fell a signficant 22 percent on Wednesday. Zookeeper has grossed $27.88 million through six days, which is towards the lower end of expectations. The film is currently running 6 percent ahead of the pace of Fox's Mr. Popper's Penguins at the same point in its run last month.
Disney's Cars 2 continued to claim fourth place with $1.96 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Disney and Pixar fell 19 percent from Tuesday and 46 percent from last Wednesday. The 20-day total for Cars 2 stands at $155.18 million.
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