Warner’s Gravity took in $6.03 million on Monday as it continued to lead the daily box office with absolute ease. The Alfonso Cuarón directed 3D sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney continued to display strong early holding power, as it was down 61 percent from Sunday. Strong word of mouth, continued IMAX grosses and skewing towards older moviegoers are all factors that will help out the film’s midweek grosses. Gravity surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $61.82 million in just four days. Gravity is currently running an impressive 39 percent ahead of the $44.44 million four-day start of The Heat earlier this year.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 placed in second with $0.98 million. Sony’s 3D computer animated sequel fell 84 percent from Sunday and just 27 percent from last Monday; a sign that the film is now starting to stabilize. The eleven-day total for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 stands at $60.99 million. That places the film 3 percent behind the $62.81 million eleven-day take of 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Fox's Runner Runner took third place with $0.68 million. The crime thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck fell 64 percent from Sunday. Hampered by its poor critical reviews and by the break-out success of Gravity; Runner Runner has grossed just $8.39 million in four days. That is below the film's already modest pre-release expectations and places it a disappointing 36 percent behind the $13.12 million four-day start of 2011's In Time.
Warner's Prisoners grossed $0.49 million to finish in fourth. The thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal was down 67 percent from Sunday and down a respectable 43 percent from last Monday. Prisoners has grossed $48.42 million in 18 days, which leaves the film just $1.58 million away from reaching the $50 million mark.