Warner's The LEGO Movie took in $3.49 million on Monday to claim first place at the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The break-out 3D computer animated film was down 83 percent from Sunday; a sure sign of just how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. The LEGO Movie has grossed a very strong $72.54 million in its first four days of release. The film continues to exceed expectations in a big way and is performing very similarly to the $73.70 million four-day start of 2012's The Lorax (which fell 84 percent on its first Monday to gross $3.49 million). With the aid of strong word of mouth, strong critical reviews and no new direct competition for family audiences hitting the marketplace until the release of Fox's Mr. Peabody & Sherman on March 7, The LEGO Movie is highly likely to hold up especially well going forward.
Sony's The Monuments Men placed in second with $1.62 million. The George Clooney directed World War II film was down 70 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. The Monuments Men is currently performing towards the higher end of pre-release expectations with a four-day start of $23.63 million. That places the film 73.5 percent ahead of the $13.62 million four-day start of 2009's The Men Who Stare at Goats and 45 percent behind the $42.74 million four-day take of 2009's Inglourious Basterds.
Universal's Ride Along claimed third place with $0.56 million. The break-out action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 28 percent from last Monday. The 25-day total for Ride Along stands at $105.87 million. Ride Along could begin to lose some steam this coming weekend with Sony's About Last Night (also starring Hart) being released on Friday.
Frozen took fourth place on Monday with $0.44 million. Disney's 3D computer animated blockbuster was down 79 percent from Sunday and down a very slim 9 percent from last Monday. The film's strong hold in comparison to last Monday suggests that the film will hold up very well once again over the upcoming holiday weekend. Frozen has grossed a massive $369.08 million to date, which makes it the third highest grossing release of 2013 domestically.