The Expendables led the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday. After experiencing a sharp decline on Monday, the ensemble action film from Lionsgate stabilized nicely with $3.87 million for the day. That was down only 2 percent from Monday, which was stronger than the respective 11 percent and 9 percent Tuesday declines of last August's District 9 and Inglourious Basterds. The Expendables topped the $40 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $42.63 million through five days. That places The Expendables 10 percent behind the pace of District 9 and 9 percent behind the pace of Inglourious Basterds.
Eat Pray Love remained in second place, but continued to make up ground on The Expendables in the process. The Julia Roberts vehicle from Sony grossed $3.34 million, which was up 10 percent from Monday. That represented one of the day's better daily holds, though it should also be noted that films skewing heavily female tend to hold up well on their first Tuesday. In comparison, Julie & Julia experienced an 11 percent daily increase on its first Tuesday last August. Eat Pray Love has grossed $29.49 million through five days, placing it 14 percent ahead of the five-day start of Julie & Julia.
Fellow Sony release The Other Guys held steady in third with $2.24 million. The PG-13 comedy was down 1 percent from Monday and down 53 percent from last Tuesday. The Other Guys has grossed $74.45 million through twelve days and is set to clear the $80 million mark on Friday. The Other Guys is currently running 9 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Step Brothers.
Inception was up 1 percent over Monday to remain in fourth with $1.54 million. Warner's sci-fi blockbuster was down 41 percent from last Tuesday. As was the case last week, Inception is clearly losing midweek momentum, but the film could stabilize once again when the weekend arrives. The 33-day gross for Inception stands at an impressive $251.54 million.
Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.44 million. After a nice hold on Monday, Scott Pilgrim was down a solid 2 percent on Tuesday. However, after being as front-loaded as it was this past weekend, Scott Pilgrim will need to keep the momentum going on Wednesday and Thursday if it is to have a chance of avoiding a large second weekend decline. The film's five-day start stands at a soft $13.51 million.