Paramount's The Devil Inside grossed $1.396 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. However, the break-out low budget horror film topped fellow Paramount release Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol by just $107,632 yesterday and is sure to fall behind Ghost Protocol in the daily rankings before much longer due in part to very poor word of mouth. With that said, The Devil Inside has already grossed $35.13 million in just four days of release, placing it an impressive 62 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's The Last Exorcism.
As mentioned, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol remained in the runner-up position yesterday with $1.29 million. The blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise fell 73 percent from Sunday. Ghost Protocol fell a massive 85 percent from last Monday, as the midweek marketplace in general has now come back down to Earth with the holidays behind us. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has grossed $170.86 million in 25 days, leaving it just $29.14 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows placed in third with $1.05 million. The Warner Bros. sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. fell 69 percent from Sunday and 82 percent from last Monday. The 25-day total for A Game of Shadows stands at $158.10 million, which places the film 13 percent behind the pace of 2009's Sherlock Holmes.
Continuing to hold up well yesterday was Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The David Fincher directed remake grossed $0.94 million, which was down just 67 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Thanks in part to strong holding power The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has grossed $77.84 million in 20 days.
Disney's War Horse rounded out Monday's top five with $0.67 million. The Steven Spielberg directed film from DreamWorks fell 70 percent from Sunday. While War Horse has gotten out of the gate faster than expected with $57.58 million in 16 days, the film also continues to display signs of being surprisingly front-loaded.