Universal's Non-Stop led the way on Monday with $2.02 million. The action thriller starring Liam Neeson has now led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Non-Stop was down 68 percent from Sunday's performance. Most films experienced solid daily holds on Monday, due in part to Sunday's grosses being deflated a bit by the Academy Awards. Non-Stop topped the $30 million mark on Monday and has grossed $30.899 million in four days. That places the film 21 percent ahead of the $25.45 million four-day start of 2011's Unknown.
Fox's Son of God claimed second place with $1.47 million. The modestly budgeted biblical epic constructed from The Bible television mini-series was down 78 percent from Sunday. Unlike most other films, Son of God didn't hold up all that well on Monday, as the film's religious nature strengthened Sunday's performance. Son of God continues to exceed expectations with a four-day start of $27.07 million and continues to perform similar to 2012's Act of Valor, which grossed $26.42 million in its first four days of release.
The LEGO Movie placed in third with $1.27 million. Warner's 3D computer animated blockbuster was down 79 percent from Sunday, but up a strong 2 percent over last Monday. Midweek grosses for the film look like they will receive a boost this week from some schools being out for spring break. The LEGO Movie has grossed a very impressive $210.41 million in 25 days, which places the film 18 percent ahead of the $178.42 million 25-day take of 2012's The Lorax.
Monday's grosses for major Academy Award winners included $150,781 for Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave, $122,116 for Warner's Gravity and $63,517 for Focus' Dallas Buyers Club. 12 Years a Slave was down 34 percent from Sunday and has grossed $50.49 million to date. Gravity fell 45 percent from Sunday and has taken in a massive $270.60 million to date. Dallas Buyers Club fell just 31 percent from Sunday and has now grossed $25.39 million to date.
Also in limited release, Disney's The Wind Rises took in $115,181 from 496 locations on Monday. The Hayao Miyazaki directed film was down 71 percent from Sunday. The Wind Rises has grossed $2.07 million through eleven days of release.