Paranormal Activity 4 grossed $1.29 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The fourth installment of Paramount's low-budget horror franchise fell 71 percent from Sunday. In general, daily declines on Monday were larger than usual for this time of year thanks in part to the third Presidential Debate taking place last night. Paranormal Activity 4 passed the $30 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a softer than expected $30.29 million in four days. That places the film 30 percent behind the $43.11 million four-day start of 2010's Paranormal Activity 2.
Warner's Argo placed in second for the day with $1.04 million. The awards season hopeful directed by and starring Ben Affleck fell 73 percent from Sunday and 41 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to a terrific second weekend hold this past weekend Argo has grossed $44.05 million through eleven days of release. Argo is currently running just 12 percent behind the $50.11 million eleven-day take of 2010's The Town.
Fox's Taken 2 claimed third place with $0.81 million. The action thriller sequel starring Liam Neeson was down 72 percent from Sunday and down 52 percent from last Monday. Taken 2 has grossed $106.64 million in 18 days, placing it 32.5 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Taken, though the percentage gap between the two films continues to shrink.
Alex Cross finished in fourth place on Monday with $0.73 million. Lionsgate's action thriller starring Tyler Perry fell 71 percent from Sunday. Alex Cross has grossed $12.12 million in four days, which is below expectations and places the film a disappointing 27 percent behind the $16.53 million four-day start of Good Deeds earlier this year.