NORTH AMERICA: ‘Taken 3’ Surpasses $40M Mark After Easily Leading Monday with $2.42M

Fox’s Taken 3 took in $2.42 million on Monday to easily lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down 72 percent from Sunday. Taken 3 surpassed the $40 million mark on Monday and continues to outpace pre-release expectations with a strong $41.62 million in four days. Taken 3 is currently running a reasonable 24 percent behind the $55.02 million four-day start of 2012’s Taken 2.

Paramount’s Selma placed in a distant second with $0.796 million. Like Taken 3, the Ava DuVernay directed awards season hopeful was also down 72 percent from Sunday. Selma has grossed a softer than expected $14.39 million after four days of wide release, but is still performing respectably with its modest price tag in mind. The film will hope to hold up well in the coming days, especially with aid from the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies followed closely behind in third with $0.721 million. The third installment of Warner’s The Hobbit trilogy fell 73 percent from Sunday and a sharp 60 percent from last Monday. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $237.18 million in 27 days and is now running just 2 percent ahead of the $233.10 million 27-day gross of 2012’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Unbroken took fourth place with $0.612 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 57 percent from last Monday. Unbroken continues to exceed expectations with $102.02 million in 19 days. The film is running 8 percent ahead of the $94.82 million 19-day gross of 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The Imitation Game rounded out Monday’s top five with $0.607 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company decreased 65 percent from Sunday and only 4 percent from last Monday. The Imitation Game has grossed $41.04 million to date and should continue to hold up very nicely throughout the rest of the awards season.

Disney’s Into the Woods claimed sixth place with $0.595 million. The Rob Marshall directed musical was down 77 percent from Sunday and down 55 percent from last Monday. Into the Woods has grossed a healthy $105.67 million in 19 days. That places the film 9 percent behind the $116.16 million 19-day take of 2012’s Les Misérables.

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