Universal's The Purge took in $3.31 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The ultra-low budget R-rated thriller fell 51 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases, as non-family films are still experiencing relatively stronger Monday holds than family films at this point in the summer. The Purge continues to exceed expectations with a four-day take of $37.37 million. That places the film an impressive 62 percent ahead of the $23.13 million four-day start of 2008's The Strangers (which fell 61 percent on its first Monday to gross $2.13 million).
Fellow early summer surprise hit Now You See Me placed in second with $2.42 million. The crowd pleasing ensemble thriller from Lionsgate was down 54 percent and up one spot from Sunday. In comparison to last Monday, Now You See Me was down a slim 19 percent. Strong word of mouth and increased summer midweek business in general are both helping out the film's holding power at the moment. Now You See Me continues to exceed expectations with an eleven-day start of $63.33 million.
Fast & Furious 6 was down 60 percent and one spot from Sunday to take third with $2.15 million. The sixth installment of Universal's blockbuster action franchise was down 28 percent from last Monday. Fast & Furious 6 has grossed $204.96 million in 18 days, which places the film 20 percent ahead of the $171.28 million 18-day take of 2011's Fast Five.
Fox's The Internship took fourth place with $2.03 million. Like The Purge, The Internship held up well on Monday, as it was down 52 percent from Sunday. That hold is a sure sign that the PG-13 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson is skewing towards adult moviegoers. The Internship has grossed $19.36 million in its first four days. While that is 35 percent stronger than the disappointing $14.35 million four-day start of last year's The Watch, it is 51 percent softer than the $39.69 million four-day take of 2005's Wedding Crashers.
In other box office news, Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness reached the $200 million domestic milestone on Monday. After a $1.33 million sixth place take on Monday, Star Trek Into Darkness has now grossed $201.20 million to date. Star Trek Into Darkness reached the $200 million mark on its 26th day of release and is currently running 5 percent behind the $211.91 million 26-day take of 2009's Star Trek.