It was an extremely close race for first place at the daily box office on Monday, with Universal's Fast & Furious 6 holding off Lionsgate's Now You See Me by just $1,385. The sixth installment of the popular action franchise grossed $2.969 million for the day and has now led the daily box office for eleven consecutive days. Fast & Furious 6 fell 71 percent from Sunday and 85 percent from last Monday's inflated Memorial Day performance. In general, daily holds likely took a bit of a hit on Monday due to competition from game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Fast & Furious 6 has grossed $173.97 million in eleven days, placing it 22 percent ahead of the $142.31 million eleven-day take of Fast Five (which grossed $2.53 million on its second Monday).
Now You See Me took in $2.967 million on Monday to place in second. The ensemble crime film featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo experienced one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases, as it fell 65 percent from Sunday's already strong hold. Now You See Me is displaying very strong holding power in its initial days of release, which is a good sign for the film going forward. The film topped the $30 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $32.32 million in four days. That places Now You See Me 24 percent ahead of the $26.09 million four-day start of 2008's 21 (which fell 66 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.99 million).
Sony's After Earth held steady in third place on Monday with $2.06 million. The M. Night Shyamalan directed sci-fi film starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith fell 72 percent from Sunday. After Earth has grossed a weaker than expected $29.58 million in four days and is set to surpass the $30 million mark today. The film is currently running 26 percent behind the $39.76 million four-day take of this year's Oblivion (which fell 70 percent on its first Monday to gross $2.70 million) and 6 percent ahead of the $27.89 million four-day start of last year's Battleship (which fell 66 percent on its first Monday to take in $2.36 million).
Holdovers Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hangover Part III and Epic remained fairly close to one another in Monday's daily rankings. Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness fell 69 percent from Sunday to take fourth with $1.63 million, Warner's The Hangover Part III was down 65 percent to place in fifth with $1.61 million and Fox's Epic fell 74 percent to land in sixth with $1.39 million.
To date, Star Trek Into Darkness has grossed $183.17 million in 19 days (placing it 5 percent behind the $193.03 million 19-day take of 2009's Star Trek). The Hangover Part III topped the $90 million mark yesterday and has grossed $90.15 million in twelve days (placing it a very disappointing 52 percent behind the $189.06 million twelve-day gross of 2011's The Hangover Part II). Meanwhile, Epic has grossed $66.76 million in eleven days (placing it 33 percent behind the $100.03 million eleven-day take of 2011's Kung Fu Panda 2).