Fox's The Wolverine took in $5.55 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The sixth installment of the X-Men film franchise fell 61 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's larger daily percentage declines among wide releases. In comparison, 2011's X-Men: First Class fell also fell 61 percent on its first Monday to gross $5.45 million. The Wolverine has grossed $58.66 million through four days of release. That is below expectations and places the film an underwhelming 3 percent behind the $60.55 million four-day start of X-Men: First Class (which didn't have the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions). On the other hand, it should be noted that The Wolverine was less expensive than First Class and is off to a stronger overseas start.
The Conjuring placed in second on Monday with $2.90 million. Warner's break-out horror film fell 55 percent from Sunday and 48 percent from last Monday. The Conjuring has grossed a terrific $86.85 million in eleven days and continues to display relatively strong holding power for a horror film of its size. The film should continue to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth and a lack of new horror films entering the marketplace over the next few weeks.
Despicable Me 2 claimed third place with $2.28 million. The computer animated blockbuster from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 34 percent from last Monday. With a massive 27-day take of $309.09 million, Despicable Me 2 is the second highest grossing release of 2013 thus far domestically. The film will soon face new competition for family audiences, with Sony's The Smurfs 2 arriving on Wednesday.
Fellow computer animated film Turbo took fourth with $1.76 million. The Fox and DreamWorks Animation release declined 58 percent from Sunday and 35 percent from last Monday. Turbo has grossed $57.95 million in thirteen days, placing it 17 percent ahead of the $49.40 million thirteen-day take of last year's Rise of the Guardians. However, Turbo will be hard pressed to remain ahead of the pace of Rise of the Guardians given the holiday boost experienced by Rise of the Guardians later in its run.
The Weinstein Company's Fruitvale Station took in $515,510 from 1,064 locations on Monday, while Fox Searchlight's The Way, Way Back grossed $403,165 from 886 locations. Fruitvale Station placed in tenth for the day, while The Way, Way Back landed in twelfth. Respective total grosses stand at $6.79 million for Fruitvale Station in 18 days and at $9.48 million for The Way, Way Back in 25 days.