By Daniel Garris
John Wick took in $1.30 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for the first time. The Keanu Reeves led action thriller from Lionsgate was down 64 percent from Sunday. That represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. John Wick continues to perform on the high end of expectations with a four-day start of $15.72 million. That places the film 17 percent ahead of the $13.47 million four-day take of 2008's Street Kings. John Wick has received a nice boost from strong IMAX sales.
Sony's Fury finished in a close second place with $1.19 million. The David Ayer directed World War II film starring Brad Pitt fell 67 percent from Sunday and a sharp 50 percent from last Monday. Fury has grossed $47.59 million in eleven days and is on course to surpass the $50 million domestic mark on Wednesday. The film is currently running 2 percent ahead of the $46.58 million eleven-day take of Sony's The Monuments Men earlier this year.
Universal's Ouija was down 73 percent and two spots from Sunday to place in third on Monday with $1.04 million. In the process, low-budget PG-13 horror film from Platinum Dunes surpassed the $20 million mark yesterday. Ouija has grossed a solid $20.92 million in four days. That is on the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent ahead of the $17.17 million four-day start of last year's Carrie.
Fox's Gone Girl claimed fourth place with $0.88 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck was down 67 percent from Sunday and down 40 percent from last Monday. With a 25-day take of $124.91 million, Gone Girl is now on the verge of surpassing the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become the highest grossing film of Fincher's career (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).
The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent rounded out Monday's top five with $0.62 million. The low-budget comedy starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy fell 66 percent from Sunday. St. Vincent has grossed $9.499 million to date and is set to surpass the $10 million mark today.
The Book of Life followed in sixth place with $0.51 million. The modestly budgeted 3D computer animated film from Fox was down 84 percent from Sunday and down 39 percent from last Monday. The eleven-day total for The Book of Life stands at $30.67 million, which is towards the lower end of expectations.