By Daniel Garris
Paramount's Interstellar moved into first place at the daily box office on Monday with $5.27 million. In the process, the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film surpassed the $50 million mark yesterday. Interstellar was down 57 percent from Sunday, as daily holds in general were stronger than usual on Monday thanks to the eve of Veterans Day. Interstellar has grossed $54.94 million after four days of wide release (and two additional days of limited release). The film is running a bit below expectations and 11 percent behind the $61.81 million four-day start of last year's Gravity. Whether or not Interstellar will able to display holding power similar of that to Gravity remains to be seen.
Disney's Big Hero 6 placed in a very close second on Monday with $5.16 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios trailed Interstellar by just $115,729 for the day. Big Hero 6 was down 68 percent from Sunday. Big Hero 6 surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed a healthy $61.38 million in four days. That is in line with the film's lofty pre-release expectations and is an impressive 18 percent stronger than the $51.99 million four-day start of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
Sony's Fury claimed third place with $0.713 million. The World War II film starring Brad Pitt was down 53 percent from Sunday and down just 15 percent from last Monday, as the film was helped more than most on Monday by the eve of Veterans Day. Fury surpassed the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $70.11 million in 25 days.
Fox's Gone Girl took fourth with $0.657 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck fell 57 percent from Sunday and only 6 percent from last Monday. Gone Girl continues to impress with $146.19 million in 39 days and is now just $3.81 million away from reaching the $150 million domestic mark.
Nightcrawler rounded out Monday's top five with $0.605 million. Open Road's critically acclaimed crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal was down 56 percent from Sunday and down 36 percent from last Monday. Nightcrawler surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed $20.22 million in eleven days.
Ouija followed closely behind in sixth with $0.589 million. The low-budget horror film from Universal and Platinum Dunes was down 53 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. The 18-day total for Ouija stands at a very solid $43.91 million, thanks in part to stronger than expected holding power.