Universal's Non-Stop took in $1.61 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for the sixth time in the past week. However, the action thriller starring Liam Neeson was down 4 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases. Non-Stop performed on the very high end of expectations this week with a first place seven-day start of $36.74 million. That places the film 21 percent ahead of the $30.41 million seven-day take of 2011's Unknown.
Fox's Son of God held steady in second place with $1.37 million. The modestly budgeted biblical epic constructed from The Bible television mini-series was up a healthy 9 percent over Wednesday's performance. Son of God placed in second for the week with a stronger than expected seven-day start of $31.49 million and is performing very well with its price tag in mind. The film continues to perform very similarly to 2012's Act of Valor, which grossed $31.54 million in its first seven days.
Turning towards this weekend, Warner's 300: Rise of an Empire was off to a solid late night start with an estimated $3.3 million from late night shows that began at 8 p.m. The high-profile 3D action sequel opened a bit higher than the $2.5 million midnight launch of the original 300 back in 2007, but softer than the $4.6 million midnight launch of Watchmen back in 2009. Just how well 300: Rise of an Empire performs over the weekend will depend largely on whether or not the film has appeal with moviegoers beyond its built-in fan audience.
Fellow Warner Bros. release The LEGO Movie placed in third on Thursday with $1.04 million. The 3D computer animated blockbuster was up 7 percent over Wednesday and down just 18 percent from last Thursday. The LEGO Movie placed in third for the week with $25.66 million. That was down a healthy 30 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to a very impressive $213.97 million.
Sony's The Monuments Men placed in fourth with $0.517 million. The George Clooney directed film was up a surprisingly strong 23 percent over Wednesday and down 28 percent from last Thursday. The Monuments Men placed in fourth for the week with $6.81 million. The film was down 37 percent from the previous week and has grossed a solid $67.50 million in four weeks.