Disney's Iron Man 3 continued to dominate the box office on Monday with a first place take of $11.27 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. fell 74 percent from Sunday's performance. In comparison, 2010's Iron Man 2 fell 70 percent on its first Monday to gross $9.37 million, 2007's Spider-Man 3 fell 74 percent to gross $10.29 million and last year's Marvel's The Avengers fell just 67 percent to gross $18.90 million. Monday's percentage decline for Iron Man 3 is further evidence that the film is skewing heavier towards family audiences than The Avengers was in its initial days of release.
Iron Man 3 has grossed a massive $185.41 million through four days, leaving the film $14.59 million away from the $200 million domestic milestone. Iron Man 3 is currently running 35 percent stronger than the $137.49 million four-day take of Iron Man 2, 15 percent stronger than the $161.40 million four-day gross of Spider-Man 3 and 18 percent behind the $226.34 million four-day start of The Avengers.
Paramount's Pain and Gain finished in a very distant second place with $0.65 million. The Michael Bay directed film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson fell 69 percent from Sunday and a sharp 62 percent from last Monday. Mixed word of mouth and the massive debut of Iron Man 3 have both obviously taken a toll on Pain and Gain. The eleven-day total for the modestly budgeted film stands at $34.48 million.
Oblivion placed in third on Monday with $0.46 million. Universal's sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise was down 67 percent from Sunday and a very steep 67 percent from last Monday. Like Pain and Gain, Oblivion has clearly taken a massive hit from the arrival of Iron Man 3. On top of that, both late April releases will soon be facing added direct completion in from Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness. Oblivion has grossed $76.28 million through 18 days of release.
Warner's 42 grossed $0.43 million to place in fourth. The Jackie Robinson biopic starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford fell 72 percent from Sunday and 46 percent from last Monday. 42 has been able to hold up far better against Iron Man 3 than both Oblivion and Pain and Gain have. Through 25 days, 42 has grossed a stronger than expected $78.62 million.