By Daniel Garris
Sony's 22 Jump Street took in $6.83 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for the third time in the past four days. In the process, the modestly budgeted action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum surpassed the $60 million mark on Monday. 22 Jump Street was down just 48 percent from Sunday. That represented a very strong daily hold, though it should be noted that R-rated comedies typically experience strong first-Monday holds, especially during the summer months. 22 Jump Street continues to perform in line with its lofty expectations with a strong four-day start of $63.90 million. That places 22 Jump Street 60 percent ahead of the $39.91 million four-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 14 percent behind the $74.09 million four-day start of last year's World War Z.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in second with $5.06 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 63 percent from Sunday's Father's Day performance. How to Train Your Dragon surpassed the $50 million mark on Monday and has grossed $54.51 million in four days. The film does continue to perform below its lofty pre-release expectations, which were inflated by the relative lack of computer animated films in the marketplace this summer. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $48.55 million four-day start of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon and 42 percent behind the $93.45 million four-day take of last year's Monsters University.
After a poor hold over the weekend, Fox's The Fault in Our Stars rebounded very nicely on Monday with a third place take of $2.31 million. The low-budget drama starring Shailene Woodley was down a very slim 14 percent from Sunday's performance (which was clearly deflated by Father's Day) and down 55 percent from last Monday. The Fault in Our Stars continues to perform very well with an eleven-day take of $83.07 million. That places the film just 13.5 percent behind the recent $96.04 million eleven-day take of Divergent. Due in part to skewing heavily towards teenage girls, The Fault in Our Stars should continue to perform relatively stronger on weekdays than on weekends going forward.
Disney's Maleficent followed closely behind in fourth place with $2.27 million. The 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie trailed The Fault in Our Stars by just $37,848 for the day. Maleficent fell 58 percent from Sunday and 44 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to solid holding power thus far, Maleficent has grossed $165.29 million in 18 days. That places the film 33.5 percent ahead of the $123.80 million 18-day take of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.
Warner's Edge of Tomorrow rounded out Monday's top five with $1.67 million. The critically acclaimed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt fell 71 percent from Sunday's Father's Day inflated performance and 47 percent from last Monday. Edge of Tomorrow has grossed $58.67 million in eleven days, which is in line with expectations, but soft given the film's large price tag. The film is currently running 12 percent behind the $66.49 million eleven-day gross of last year's Oblivion.