The Grey grossed $1.45 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The R-rated Liam Neeson vehicle from Open Road fell 71 percent from Sunday. That was in line with the type of daily declines experienced by wide releases aimed at adults in general yesterday. The Grey topped the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $21.12 million through four days of release. The Grey is currently running 17 percent behind the four-day $25.45 million start of last year's Unknown, but is doing so with a smaller price tag and without the aid of a four-day holiday weekend.
Sony's Underworld Awakening placed in second with $0.94 million. The vampire action sequel starring Kate Beckinsale fell 73 percent from Sunday and 55 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to continued 3D and IMAX admissions, Underworld Awakening has held up relatively well by the standards of the franchise. With an eleven-day total of $45.92 million the film is running 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Underworld: Evolution. Internationally, Underworld Awakening has grossed $40.2 million, which places the film's worldwide total at $86.1 million.
One For the Money took third place with $0.69 million. The Katherine Heigl vehicle from Lionsgate was down 74 percent from Sunday. One For the Money has grossed $12.21 million in four days. While that is on the high end of the film's modest pre-release expectations, it is also soft by Heigl's previous box office standards. One For the Money is currently running 30 percent behind the $17.42 million four-day start of 2010's Killers.
Summit's Man on a Ledge rounded out Monday's top five with $0.54 million. The PG-13 rated thriller starring Sam Worthington fell 73 percent from Sunday. With a four-day start of $8.54 million, Man on a Ledge is running just below its already modest expectations. At the end of the day the film simply has been no match for Liam Neeson and The Grey at the box office.
Fox Searchlight's The Descendants led the way among Academy Award nominees for Best Picture on Monday. The Alexander Payne directed film was down 72 percent from Sunday to rank in seventh among all films with a daily take of $483,373. Warner's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close fell 75 percent from Sunday to follow close behind in eighth with $438,207. Meanwhile The Weinstein Company's The Artist grossed $286,508 (down 69 percent from Sunday), Paramount's Hugo grossed $183,009 (down 81 percent) and Disney's War Horse grossed $161,404 (down 70 percent).
Current total grosses stand at $75.78 million for War Horse, $59.19 million for The Descendants, $59.11 million for Hugo, $21.38 million for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and at $17.03 million for The Artist.