Contagion led the way on Monday as the box office as a whole remained slow.

‘Contagion’ #1 on Monday with $1.66 Million

on September 13, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Warner's Contagion grossed $1.66 million on Monday to remain at the top of the box office. The Steven Soderbergh directed film starring Matt Damon fell 67 percent from Sunday, which represented a solid daily hold in comparison to the type of daily declines experienced by wide releases in general yesterday. In comparison, The Adjustment Bureau fell 72 percent to gross $1.49 million on its first Monday back in March. Contagion has grossed $24.06 million through four days of release. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 6 percent ahead of the pace of The Adjustment Bureau.

The Help took second place with $0.75 million. The Disney released surprise blockbuster from DreamWorks fell 68 percent from Sunday. The Help was down 86 percent from last Monday's Labor Day inflated performance. The 34-day domestic total for The Help stands at $138.08 million, which gives the film an impressive current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 5.30 to 1.

Like Contagion, Lionsgate's Warrior also fell 67 percent from Sunday. The critically acclaimed mixed martial arts drama grossed $0.45 million for the day to place in third. Despite strong reviews, Warrior has grossed just $5.69 million through its first four days of release. That is below the film's modest pre-release expectations and places the film 51 percent behind the pace of 2009's Fighting. Warrior will need to start displaying strong holding power very soon if it is to have any chance of sticking around in theatres for long.

Focus' The Debt placed in fourth with $0.36 million. The modestly budgeted film starring Helen Mirren fell 69 percent from Sunday and 88 percent from last Monday. After displaying strong holding power last week, The Debt hasn't held up nearly as well since Contagion entered the marketplace on Friday. With that said, The Debt has still exceeded expectations with $22.23 million in 13 days.

In platform release, CodeBlack Entertainment's Laugh at My Pain continued to post strong per-location numbers. The big screen version of Kevin Hart's popular comedy tour grossed $143,572 on Monday, which gave it a per-location average of $1,465 for the day. Laugh at My Pain has grossed $2.05 million in four days from just 98 locations.

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Tags: The Debt, Warrior, The Help, Contagion, Laugh at My Pain

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