Sony's Resident Evil: Afterlife remained at the top of the daily box office for the fifth straight day on Tuesday. The Screen Gems sequel grossed $2.06 million for the day. That was up a solid 1 percent over Monday, though it should be noted that Tuesday percentage increases were especially strong for most wide releases yesterday.
In comparison, 2004's Resident Evil: Apocalypse fell 14 percent on its first Tuesday, while 2007's Resident Evil: Extinction slid 16 percent. With the aid of higher priced 3D admissions, Resident Evil: Afterlife has been experiencing better midweek holds than both of the previous two Resident Evil films thus far. Afterlife has grossed $30.76 million through five days, placing it 19 percent ahead of the pace of Apocalypse and 16 percent ahead of Extinction.
The American was up a very healthy 37 percent from Monday to hold steady in second with $0.600 million. The George Clooney vehicle was down 44 percent from last Tuesday. Before yesterday, The American had experienced lackluster holding power for nearly a week. Despite the nice hold on Tuesday, it's still likely that The American will fall off significantly again this weekend with four new wide releases entering the marketplace. The American has grossed $29.15 million through two weeks of release and is set to cross the $30 million mark on Thursday.
Fox's Machete remained in third place. The Robert Rodriguez directed action film grossed $0.497 million, which was up 18 percent from Monday and down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Machete has grossed $21.88 million through 12 days, placing it 6 percent ahead of 2007's Grindhouse. At this rate Machete is set to finish its run in the area of $26 million to $29 million.
Sony's Takers continued to claim fourth place with $0.474 million. The crime film from Screen Gems was up 19 percent from Monday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Tuesday. Takers has grossed a better than expected $48.55 million in 19 days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark over the weekend.
The Expendables grossed $0.326 million for the day. In the process, Lionsgate's ensemble action film topped the $99 million mark. With a 33-day gross of $99.06 million, The Expendables is set reach the $100 million milestone on Friday.