Sony's Hotel Transylvania 2 took in $2.34 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The Adam Sandler led 3D computer animated sequel from Sony Pictures Animation was down a sharp 84 percent from Sunday, which is a sure sign of how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. Hotel Transylvania 2 surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a stronger than expected $50.80 million in four days. The film is currently running an impressive 15 percent ahead of the $44.32 million four-day start of 2012's Hotel Transylvania (which fell 86 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.80 million). Hotel Transylvania 2 represents a nice rebound for both Sandler and Sony after the lackluster performance of Pixels this summer.
Warner's The Intern placed in second with $1.51 million. The Nancy Meyers directed comedy starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway declined 64 percent from Sunday's performance. The Intern has grossed $19.24 million in four days and is set to pass the $20 million mark today. The film is performing towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and is running 9 percent ahead of the $17.70 million four-day start of 2013's Last Vegas (which fell 67 percent on its first Monday to take in $1.36 million).
Everest claimed third place on Monday with $1.10 million. The 3D adventure drama from Universal was down 67 percent from Sunday and up 78 percent from last Monday. After a healthy start in exclusive IMAX and PLF release last week, Everest has failed to erupt in wide release this week. The eleven-day total for Everest stands at $24.38 million. Everest will hope to hold up well going forward with the help of strong word of mouth, but will also be facing major new competition from Fox's highly anticipated The Martian beginning on Friday.
Warner's Black Mass followed closely behind in fourth with $1.05 million. The Johnny Depp led crime drama was down just 60 percent from Sunday, but was still down a sizable 51 percent from last Monday. Black Mass continues to perform relatively stronger on weekdays than on weekends and has grossed a solid $43.18 million in eleven days. That places the film 10 percent ahead of the $39.40 million eleven-day take of 2013's Prisoners.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out Monday's top five with $0.877 million. The young adult sequel from Fox fell 76 percent from Sunday and a respectable 48 percent from last Monday. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has grossed $52.83 million in eleven days. That is below expectations and places the film 10 percent behind the $58.92 million eleven-day gross of last year's The Maze Runner.
On the platform front, Lionsgate's Sicario continued to impress with $175,600 on Monday from 59 locations. That gave Sicario a strong per-location average of $2,976 for the day. The critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin has grossed $2.47 million in eleven days of platform release. Sicario appears to be in good shape for its expansion into wide release this coming weekend.