Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift grossed $5.26 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The fourth installment of the computer animated franchise fell 59 percent from Sunday. Continental Drift passed the $50 million mark yesterday and has grossed a very solid $51.89 million through four days of release. That places the film 3 percent behind the $53.56 million four-day start of 2009's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (which opened on a Wednesday). It should be noted that Continental Drift is making a much bigger impact internationally, where it has already grossed $339.2 million through Sunday.
Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man placed in second with $4.35 million. The superhero franchise reboot was down 59 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed $204.85 million through two weeks of release. The film is currently running 10.5 percent behind the $228.95 million two-week take of 2007's Transformers and 19.5 percent ahead of the $171.43 million two-week take of 2008's Hancock. With Warner's The Dark Knight Rises being unleashed on Friday, the comparison between The Amazing Spider-Man and Hancock could prove to be especially important given that Hancock opened just over two weeks before The Dark Knight.
Universal's Ted took third place with $2.94 million. The break-out R-rated comedy fell 57 percent from Sunday and just 34 percent from last Monday, as it continues to display strong holding power. Ted has grossed $162.197 million in 18 days and is now just $20.94 million away from surpassing the $183.14 million unadjusted final gross of 2007's The Simpsons Movie.
Brave continued to inch closer towards the $200 million domestic milestone with a fourth place finish of $1.51 million. The computer animated film from Disney and Pixar has grossed $197.57 million in 25 days and is set to reach the $200 million mark on Wednesday. Brave fell 57 percent from Sunday and 41 percent from last Monday.
Warner's Magic Mike rounded out Monday's top five with $1.30 million. The low-budget film starring Channing Tatum continues to stabilize as it was down just 44 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. Magic Mike has grossed $93.15 million in 18 days, leaving it just $6.85 million away from the $100 million milestone.