After a stellar Friday and Saturday, Universal Pictures provided a very conservative Sunday estimate for their new comedy "Bridesmaids" opening weekend yesterday.  The studio projected a $24.4 million debut.  When the final receipts came in on Monday, the film actually brought in a celebratory $26.2 million.

Defying conventional box office patterns, "Bridesmaids'" Sunday take, $7.82 million, almost equaled its Friday gross, $7.834.  Saturday was a strong $10.5 million.  Unless it's a blockbuster, even Sunday grosses in the summer tend to be 20% off a Friday debut.  This signals great word of mouth for the Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo written comedy and Universal should expect a solid hold next weekend.

With the final numbers in, "Bridesmaids" also ended up with the highest per screen of the top 25 grossing films in the country with $8,995 per.  "Thor" remained in the top slot for the second weekend in a row with a per screen of $8,757 in over 1,045 more theaters.  

The only significant new release this Friday is "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" which should affect "Thor" much more than "Bridesmaids."