Sony's Underworld Awakening grossed $2.11 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D action sequel starring Kate Beckinsale fell 63 percent from Sunday. In general, percentage declines from Sunday were softened from the impact of the AFC Championship and NFC Championship games on Sunday's grosses. Underworld Awakening has grossed $27.42 million through four days of release. That places the film 23.5 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and 5 percent behind the pace of 2006's Underworld: Evolution.
Fox's Red Tails placed in second with $1.35 million. The Lucasfilm produced WWII film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard fell 68 percent from Sunday. The film experienced a harsher decline than other films aimed at adults in general yesterday, which could be a sign of the film having a family component to its audience. Red Tails topped the $20 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a solid $20.13 million in four days.
Contraband continued to hold its own with a third place take of $1.02 million. The Mark Wahlberg vehicle from Universal fell 60 percent from Sunday. Contraband has grossed a better than expected $46.96 million in eleven days and is likely to hold up significantly better this coming weekend than it did this past weekend.
Relativity's Haywire was up two spots from the weekend to place in fourth on Monday with $0.73 million. The Steven Soderbergh directed action thriller starring Gina Carano fell 58 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's better holds among wide releases. Haywire has grossed $9.15 million in four days, which is in line with the film's modest pre-release expectations.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close rounded out the day's top five with $0.69 million. The Oscar nominee for Best Picture from Warner Bros. fell 67 percent from Monday. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has grossed a so-so $11.43 million to date, but have a very good chance of building major momentum on the heels of today's Best Picture nomination.
Daily grosses for other Best Picture nominees currently in the marketplace included $281,333 for Disney's War Horse, $246,040 for The Weinstein Company's The Artist, $193,349 for Fox Searchlight's The Descendants and $78,551 for Paramount's Hugo. Respective total grosses to date stand at $72.57 million for War Horse, $12.37 million for The Artist, $51.45 million for The Descendants and at $55.97 million for Hugo. Look for all four films to start picking up steam beginning today.