'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' Leads Monday with $1.35 million

on October 01, 2013 by Daniel Garris

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took in $1.35 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. Sony's 3D computer animated sequel fell a sharp 86 percent from Sunday's performance; a sure indication of just how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. In comparison, last year's Hotel Transylvania and 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs also both fell 86 percent on their first Monday for respective daily grosses of $1.79 million and $1.30 million. With a four-day start of $35.36 million, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is running 20 percent behind the $44.32 million four-day take of Hotel Transylvania and 12 percent ahead of the $31.61 million four-day gross of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Warner's Prisoners placed in second with $0.852 million. The thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal was down 67 percent from Sunday and down a lackluster 49 percent from last Monday. Prisoners has grossed a solid $39.40 million in eleven days and is set to cross the $40 million mark today. However, the film has clearly taken a hit from this week's new wide releases. With fellow Warner Bros. release Gravity and Fox's Runner Runner both entering the marketplace on Friday, it may prove difficult for Prisoners to stabilize over the upcoming weekend.

Universal's Rush took third place with $0.804 million. The Ron Howard directed racing film starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl fell 65 percent from Sunday, which represented one of Monday's better daily percentage holds among wide releases. For the day, Rush trailed Prisoners by a slim $48,161. Rush has grossed $11.08 million through eleven days of release. The film is expected to perform significantly stronger overseas given its subject matter.

Don Jon grossed $0.789 million to place in fourth. The Relativity comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson was down just 59 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's strongest daily hold among wide releases. However, whether Monday's strong hold will transfer into a strong hold over the upcoming weekend remains to be seen. Don Jon has grossed $9.47 million in four days. That is towards the lower end of expectations and places the film 1 percent ahead of the $9.39 million four-day start of 2011's 50/50.

Fox Searchlight's Baggage Claim rounded out the day's top five with $0.544 million. The romantic comedy starring Paula Patton fell 71 percent from Sunday, as it didn't hold up as well as either Don Jon or Rush did on Monday. With that said, Baggage Claim has grossed a solid $9.58 million in four days, which is in line with pre-release expectations.

Tags: Baggage Claim, Don Jon, Rush, Prisoners, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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