Limitless grossed $1.90 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The Relativity release starring Bradley Cooper fell 61 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. That is obviously a good sign for the film as it goes forward and also suggests that the film was affected by the NCAA Basketball Tournament more than most this past weekend. Limitless topped the $20 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a better than expected $20.81 million in its first four days of release. In the coming days Limitless will surpass the $24.82 million current domestic gross of Season of the Witch to become Relativity's highest grossing film to date as a distributor.
Sony's Battle: Los Angeles took second place with $1.21 million. The sci-fi action film was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 60 percent from last Monday. After opening slightly above expectations, Battle: Los Angeles has simply been unable to maintain momentum in the days following its opening weekend. The film has grossed $61.76 million in eleven days, placing it 2 percent behind the pace of 2008's 10,000 B.C. Battle: Los Angeles is currently headed for a final gross in the area of $85 million to $90 million.
The Lincoln Lawyer grossed $1.20 million to land in third. The Lionsgate drama starring Matthew McConaughey was down 66 percent from Sunday and trailed Battle: Los Angeles by just $13,989 for the day. The Lincoln Lawyer has been holding up very well thus far, thanks in part to skewing extremely heavily towards moviegoers over 25. The Lincoln Lawyer is running ahead of expectations with a four-day start of $14.41 million and is very likely to continue to showcase strong holding power going forward.
Rango finished in fourth for the day with $1.11 million. Paramount's computer animated film featuring Johnny Depp was down 75 percent from Sunday and down 52 percent from last Monday. Clearly the film's Spring Break inflated midweek grosses from last week have now come back down to Earth. Rango has grossed $93.45 million in 18 days, leaving it just $6.55 million away from the $100 million milestone. The film is currently running 21 percent behind the pace of 2008's Horton Hears a Who!
Universal's Paul grossed $1.08 million to round out Monday's top five. The sci-fi comedy starring and written by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost fell 69 percent from Sunday. Paul continues to run in line with pre-release expectations and has now grossed $14.12 million in its first four days. That places the film 17 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's Observe and Report and is quite respectable given the size of the North American audience for the previous two films from the team of Pegg and Frost.