Lionsgate's The Expendables led the daily box office for a fourth straight day on Monday. The Sylvester Stallone directed ensemble action film grossed $3.94 million. That was down a sharp 59 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's largest daily decline among wide releases. While part of the Monday decline can be attributed to the film skewing towards older moviegoers; the decline could also be an early indicator of a front-loaded run for the film. In comparison, Inglourious Basterds and District 9 experienced respective first-Monday declines and 56 percent and 51 percent last August. The Expendables has still grossed an impressive $38.77 million in four days and will clear the $40 million mark today.
Sony's Eat Pray Love gained a bit of ground on The Expendables on Monday, but still remained in second for the day. The Julia Roberts vehicle grossed $3.04 million, which was down 53 percent from Sunday. That was nearly on par with the 54 percent that the studio's Julie & Julia fell on its first Monday last August. Eat Pray Love is running in line with the lower end of expectations thus far with a four-day start of $26.15 million. That places Eat Pray Love 15 percent ahead of the pace of Julie & Julia, but whether or not the film can hold up that pace remains to be seen.
Fellow Sony release The Other Guys held steady in third with $2.26 million. The PG-13 buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down 55 percent from Sunday and down 55 percent from last Monday. After a very solid debut, The Other Guys has clearly taken a hit from the added presence of The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim in the marketplace. The Other Guys cleared the $70 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $72.21 million in its first eleven days in theatres.
Inception grossed $1.53 million on Monday and in doing so surpassed the $250 million mark. Warner's acclaimed sci-fi action film reached the milestone in 32 days of release and is the fifth release of 2010 to make it to $250 million domestically. Inception placed in fourth for the day and was down 54 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. Inception has now generated a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.98 to 1.
Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World experienced one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases, but still had to settle for fifth place. The big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel series grossed $1.47 million, which was down 46 percent from Sunday. Scott Pilgrim has grossed a lackluster $12.08 million through four days of release and will need to hold up very well throughout the midweek if it is to have any chance of rebounding from its very front-loaded opening weekend performance.