Sony's Resident Evil: Afterlife led the daily box office with ease for a fourth straight day on Monday. The fourth installment of the video game based franchise grossed $2.05 million for the day. That was down 66 percent from Sunday, which represented a stronger first Monday hold than those experienced by both 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse (it slid 71 percent) and 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction (it slid 70 percent). Though the Resident Evil franchise has a history of being very frontloaded, the addition of 3D could help Resident Evil: Afterlife hold up slightly better going forward than previous Resident Evil films. Resident Evil: Afterlife has grossed $28.70 million to date, placing it 17 percent ahead of the pace of Apocalypse and 14 percent ahead of Extinction.
After finishing in third over the weekend, The American moved back up to second place on Monday with $0.436 million. The George Clooney vehicle from Focus was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 87 percent from last Monday. Declines from last Monday were especially sharp across the board as a result of the Labor Day holiday last week. After a nice start, The American is losing momentum quickly and could continue to do so this weekend with the arrival of four new wide releases in the marketplace. The 13-day total for The American stands at $28.55 million.
Also up one spot from its weekend performance was Machete. Fox's modestly budgeted action film grossed $0.420 million, which was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 84 percent from last Monday. Machete continues to perform towards the lower end of expectations with an eleven-day gross of $21.34 million. That currently places the film 5.5 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Grindhouse.
Sony's Takers was down two spots from the weekend to place in fourth. The break-out crime film from Screen Gems grossed $0.397 million. That was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 85 percent from last Monday. Takers has grossed $48.08 million in 18 days and is set to clear the $50 million mark during the upcoming weekend.
Going the Distance rounded out the day's five with $0.308 million. Warner's R-rated romantic comedy was down 65 percent from Sunday and has grossed a disappointing $14.26 million through eleven days of release. Expect Going the Distance to take a big hit this coming weekend from Sony's Easy A.