Warner's Gravity grossed $2.41 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. The blockbuster sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was down 68 percent from Sunday and down 61 percent from last Monday's inflated Columbus Day performance. Gravity has grossed $171.97 million in 18 days, leaving it $28.03 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. The film is currently running 13 percent behind the $197.60 million 18-day take of 2010's Inception.
Sony's Captain Phillips placed in second with $1.35 million. The Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks fell 66 percent from Sunday and 62 percent from last Monday. Captain Phillips has grossed a healthy $53.79 million in eleven days, which places the film just 8 percent behind the $58.60 million eleven-day gross of 2006's The Departed.
Fellow Sony release Carrie claimed third place with $1.07 million. The R-rated horror remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore was down 68 percent from Sunday. Carrie has grossed $17.17 million through four days of release. That is below expectations and places the film 11 percent behind the $19.31 million four-day start of last year's Sinister. Carrie will hope to receive a boost in the coming days as Halloween approaches.
Lionsgate's Escape Plan took fourth with $0.81 million. The action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger decreased 68 percent from Sunday's performance. Escape Plan topped the $10 million mark yesterday and has grossed $10.70 million in four days. While that is in line with the film's modest expectations, it nonetheless represents a disappointing start given the film's teaming up of Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 rounded out the day's top five with $0.46 million. Sony's 3D computer animated sequel fell 82 percent from Sunday and a sharp 85 percent from last Monday. With a 25-day take of $93.17 million, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is currently $6.83 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
On the platform front, Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave remained strong with $90,213 from 19 locations. That gave the Steve McQueen directed awards season hopeful a per-location average of $4,748 for the day. The film's four-day platform total stands at $1.01 million. 12 Years a Slave will expand into additional markets on Friday and is scheduled to expand into nationwide release on November 1st.