By Daniel Garris
Disney's Maleficent took in $6.21 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D fantasy film starring Angelina Jolie was down 68 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases. Maleficent surpassed the $75 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $75.64 million through four days of release. That is on the very high end of the film's lofty pre-release expectations. Maleficent is currently running 23 percent ahead of the $61.59 million four-day start of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman and 11.5 percent behind the $85.43 million four-day take of last year's Oz The Great and Powerful.
X-Men: Days of Future Past claimed second place with $3.16 million. Fox's 3D superhero sequel was down 66 percent from Sunday and down 84 percent from last Monday's inflated Memorial Day performance. X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to perform towards the lower end of its massive expectations with an eleven-day take of $165.18 million. That places the film 64 percent ahead of the $100.75 million eleven-day take of 2011's X-Men: First Class and 7 percent behind the $178.28 million eleven-day gross of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West placed in third with $1.63 million. The western comedy directed by and starring Seth MacFarlane was down a very solid 62 percent from Sunday, though it should be noted that R rated comedies tend to experience strong first-Monday holds, especially during the summer season. A Million Ways to Die in the West has grossed a disappointing $18.43 million in its first four days. The film is currently running 11 percent behind the $20.74 million four-day take of 2009's Land of the Lost.
Godzilla took fourth place on Monday with $1.15 million. Warner's 3D sci-fi action remake was down 66 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 85 percent from last Monday. Godzilla continues to display poor holding power on the heels of its stronger than expected opening weekend performance. Godzilla has grossed $175.59 million in 18 days and will need to start stabilizing soon if it is to reach the $200 million domestic milestone.
Universal's Neighbors rounded out Monday's top five with $0.911 million. The successful modestly budgeted comedy was down just 57 percent from Sunday and down 71 percent from last Monday. Neighbors has grossed $129.88 million in 25 days and is set to surpass the $130 million mark today.
Fellow comedy Blended finished in sixth with $0.709 million. The Warner Bros. release starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore fell 64 percent from Sunday and 79.5 percent from last Monday. Blended surpassed the $30 million mark on Monday and has grossed a softer than expected $30.06 million in eleven days.