Marvel's The Avengers grossed $5.69 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. Disney's blockbuster superhero film fell 66 percent from Sunday and just 28 percent from last Monday. The marketplace in general received an added boost on Monday from the Victoria Day holiday in Canada. Yesterday saw The Avengers overtake the all-time unadjusted lifetime gross of 1977's Star Wars to move into fifth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic chart. The Avengers has grossed $463.35 million in 18 days and in the coming days is set to zoom past the unadjusted lifetime gross of 1999's The Phantom Menace to move into fourth place on the all-time chart.
Universal's Battleship placed in second with $2.36 million. On the heels of a disappointing start this past weekend, the expensive adaptation of the Hasbro board game was down 66 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases, as the film clearly didn't receive as much of a boost from Victoria Day as most other wide releases in the marketplace did yesterday. Battleship has grossed a very disappointing $27.896 million in four days of release. That places the film 18 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Poseidon and 15 percent behind the pace of this year's John Carter.
The Dictator held up quite nicely as it fell just 57 percent from Sunday to remain in third place with $2.16 million. Paramount's R-rated comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen started off slowly last Wednesday, but has continued to display solid holding power since Friday. However, whether or not the film can continue to stabilize going forward still remains to be seen. The Dictator has grossed $26.63 million in six days, placing it 34 percent behind the pace of 2008's Tropic Thunder.
Fellow new wide release What to Expect When You're Expecting rounded out the day's top five with $1.14 million. The ensemble romantic comedy featuring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez fell a very solid 56 percent from Sunday, but is still performing softer than expected on the heels of this past weekend's lackluster start. With a four-day take of $11.69 million, What to Expect When You're Expecting is running 10 percent behind the pace of 2010's The Back-up Plan.
Fox Searchlight's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel experienced one of the day's stronger daily holds, as it was down just 48 percent from Sunday. Currently playing in a modest 354 locations, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel placed in sixth among all films yesterday with a daily take of $0.522 million. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has grossed $8.75 million in 18 days of limited release and is set to expand into wide release on Friday.