Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies led the daily box office on Monday with $9.01 million. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has comfortably led the daily box office for each of the past six days. The Battle of the Five Armies was down 46 percent from Sunday's performance, which was among the day's larger daily percentage declines on Monday. The film has grossed $98.14 million in six days and is set to surpass the $100 million domestic mark today. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Fives Armies is running 8 percent ahead of the $90.99 million six-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).
On the heels of this weekend's softer than expected start, Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb held up nicely on Monday with a $3.41 million second place take. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was down 30 percent from Sunday. With schools out of session for the holidays, daily holds were strong in general for family fare on Monday. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed $20.51 million in four days. That places the film 21 percent behind the $25.96 million four-day start of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
Fellow family film Annie followed closely behind in third with $3.20 million. Sony's musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz was down 29 percent from Sunday. Annie continues to perform very similarly to Secret of the Tomb, as it has grossed $19.07 million in four days. The two films may very well remain close to one another throughout the holiday season, though it should be noted that Annie was far less expensive than Secret of the Tomb. Annie is currently running 26.5 percent behind the pace of the earlier mentioned Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 claimed fourth place with $1.72 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down 30 percent from Sunday and up 54 percent over last Monday. Mockingjay - Part 1 surpassed the $290 million mark yesterday and has grossed $291.07 million in 32 days. The film is now just $8.93 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.
Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings rounded out Monday's top five with $1.29 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic was down 50 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's largest daily percentage decline among wide releases. The film was down 35 percent from last Monday. Exodus: Gods and Kings surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a lackluster $40.23 million through eleven days of release.