Warner's The Rite led the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day on Monday. However, with the PG-13 thriller grossing $0.94 million for the day, there was little separation between it and its closest three competitors. The Rite was down 73 percent from Sunday, which was in line with the type of daily declines experienced by other wide releases. The four-day gross for The Rite stands at $15.73 million. That is in line with expectations and places it 28 percent behind the pace of last year's The Last Exorcism.
The King's Speech finished in a very close second for the day with $0.92 million. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company trailed The Rite by just $19,143 and should be able to overtake it in the daily rankings at some point during the midweek. The King's Speech was down 71 percent from Sunday and up an impressive 45 percent over last Monday. The film has grossed $73.10 million to date and should continue to hold up well between now and Oscar night on February 27.
Paramount's No Strings Attached grossed $0.91 million to place in third. The R-rated romantic comedy was down 72 percent from Sunday and down 41 percent from last Monday. On the heels of a very solid hold this past weekend No Strings Attached cleared the $40 million mark on Monday. The film has grossed $40.41 million to date, placing it 3 percent behind the pace of 2008's What Happens in Vegas.
The Mechanic took fourth place with $0.87 million. Like No Strings Attached, the Jason Statham vehicle from CBS Films was also down 72 percent from Sunday. The Mechanic has slightly outpaced pre-release expectations thus far with a four-day gross of $12.29 million. That places the film 5 percent behind the four-day start of 2006's Crank (which had the benefit of opening over a four-day weekend).
The Green Hornet rounded out Monday's top five with $0.63 million. Sony's 3D action-comedy was down 79 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. The Green Hornet has grossed $79.12 million to date and is set to reach the $80 million mark on Wednesday.