Disney's Wreck-It Ralph grossed $2.96 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The big-budget video game themed 3D computer animated film fell 79 percent from Sunday. Wreck-It Ralph held up well on Monday for an animated film at this time of year, which is a sign of the film appealing to non-family audiences as well as a sign of strong early word of mouth. In comparison, 2010's Megamind fell 86 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.86 million. Wreck-It Ralph has grossed $51.999 million in four days, which is towards the higher end of expectations and places the film 9 percent ahead of the $47.88 million four-day start of 2010's Megamind.
Paramount's Flight took second place with $1.95 million. The modestly budgeted Denzel Washington vehicle directed by Robert Zemeckis continued to post strong per-location numbers, as it averaged $1,035 from 1,884 locations for the day. Flight has grossed $26.85 million through four days of release, placing the film 11 percent ahead of the $24.22 million four-day start of 2010's Unstoppable (which opened in 1,323 more locations than Flight did).
Warner's Argo placed in third with $0.72 million. That represented a 70 percent fall from Sunday and a fall of only 15 percent from last Monday. The awards season hopeful starring and directed by Ben Affleck has grossed $76.58 million in 25 days, leaving it $23.42 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
The Man with the Iron Fists took fourth for the day with $0.64 million. Universal's low-budget martial arts action film was down 65 percent from Sunday. The Man with the Iron Fists has grossed $8.56 million in four days, which is in line with the film's modest expectations and 19.5 percent stronger than the $7.16 million four-day start of 2010's The Next Three Days.