Paramount's Iron Man 2 dominated the daily box office for a fifth straight day on Tuesday. The superhero sequel from Marvel grossed $8.38 million for the day, which was down 11 percent from Monday. That was a very solid first Tuesday hold for a film the size of Iron Man 2. While the 11 percent Tuesday decline wasn't as strong as the 6 percent first Tuesday decline of 2008's Iron Man, it did represent a better hold than the 13 percent and 22 percent first Tuesday slides respectively experienced by last year's Star Trek and 2007's Spider-Man 3. Iron Man 2 has grossed $145.87 million through five days and will zoom past the $150 million mark today.
Warner's A Nightmare on Elm Street remained in second with $0.80 million. After experiencing rapid declines throughout most of its run thus far, Elm Street stabilized some on Tuesday, as it was up 1 percent over Monday and down 56 percent from last Tuesday. However, it should also be noted that most wide releases saw healthy daily percentage increases over Monday. A Nightmare on Elm Street crossed the $50 million mark yesterday and continues to run in between the pace of 2007's Halloween (up 11 percent) and last year's Friday the 13th (down 11 percent).
The Back-up Plan was up a healthy 29 percent and two spots from Monday to finish in third on Tuesday. The romantic comedy from CBS Films grossed $0.466 million, which outpaced Fox's Date Night by a slim $1,679 for the day. The Back-up Plan has grossed $30.93 million through 19 days of release and looks to finish its domestic run in the area of $40 million.
Date Night was down one spot from Monday to place in fourth. However, the romantic comedy continues to hold up quite well, as it was up 23 percent from Monday and down only 11 percent from last Tuesday. Date Night grossed $0.464 million for the day, which brings the film's 33-day total to $81.84 million.
How to Train Your Dragon was down two spots to round out Tuesday's top five. The computer animated film from Paramount and DreamWorks grossed $0.435 million, which was up 14 percent over Monday and down 25 percent from last Tuesday. The 47-day total for Dragon stands at $201.83 million.