Paramount's Pain and Gain led the way at the daily box office on Monday with $1.70 million. The modestly budgeted Michael Bay directed film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson fell 69 percent from Sunday. Pain and Gain has grossed $21.95 million in its first four days of release. That is towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and places the film 23 percent behind the $28.52 million four-day start of last year's Contraband. With Disney's Iron Man 3 debuting this weekend, it is obviously especially important for Pain and Gain to gross as much as it can during its first week of release.
Universal's Oblivion finished in a not-so-distant second place with $1.40 million. The Joseph Kosinski directed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise trailed Pain and Gain by $300,035 for the day. Oblivion was down 71 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 48 percent from last Monday. The eleven-day domestic total for Oblivion stands at $66.49 million, which places the film 23.5 percent behind the $86.98 million eleven-day take of 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Warner's 42 placed in third on Monday with $0.808 million. The Jackie Robinson biopic starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford fell 72 percent from Sunday and a healthy 25 percent from last Monday. 42 has grossed a stronger than expected $69.82 million in 18 days and is set to surpass the $70 million domestic mark today.
The Big Wedding took fourth place with $0.632 million. The ensemble comedy from Lionsgate fell 67 percent from Sunday. The Big Wedding has grossed just $8.22 million in four days. That is below the film's already modest expectations and places the film 28 percent behind the $11.43 million four-day start of last year's The Five-Year Engagement.