The Lion King 3D continued to lead the way with relative ease on Monday. The 3D re-issue of the traditionally animated blockbuster from Disney grossed $2.31 million, which was down 75 percent from Sunday. That represented a better first Monday hold than those of both 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (down 86 percent) and 2009's Toy Story / Toy Story 2 3D re-issue (down 82 percent). The first Monday hold for The Lion King 3D was more in line with the 76 percent 2009's Where the Wild Things Are fell on its first Monday, which is another sign that The Lion King 3D is attracting more adults than a typical family film. The Lion King 3D has grossed a better than expected $32.47 millon through four days and The Lion King now boasts a lifetime domestic gross of $361.01 million when including re-issues.
After finishing in third over the weekend, FilmDistrict's Drive moved into second place on Monday with a daily take of $1.05 million. The Nicolas Winding Refn directed film starring Ryan Gosling fell 64 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. While it is still too early to tell for sure, that could very well be an early signal that word of mouth will be strong for the critically acclaimed film after all. The four-day total for Drive stands at $12.39 million. Thus far the film is performing similarly to 2009's The Informant!, which grossed $11.33 million in its first four days of release and also fell 64 percent on its first Monday.
Warner's Contagion fell one spot and 71 percent from Sunday to claim third on Monday with $1.02 million. The Steven Soderbergh directed film starring Matt Damon was down a solid 38 percent from last Monday. Contagion has displayed very solid holding power thus far and has now grossed $45.28 million through eleven days of release. That places the film 14 percent ahead of the pace of this year's The Adjustment Bureau.
The Help finished in fourth on Monday with $0.56 million. The Disney released DreamWorks film was down 68 percent from Sunday and down only 25 percent from last Monday. The Help has grossed $148.00 million in 41 days and is set to reach the $150 million domestic milestone on either Thursday or Friday.
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