Sony's The Green Hornet grossed $2.20 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The 3D action-comedy starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou was down 66 percent from Monday's holiday performance. Coming off the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, Tuesday's daily declines had more to do with how old films are skewing and less to do with word of mouth (with family fare experiencing the largest declines). The Green Hornet has grossed $42.21 million through five days. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 3 percent ahead of the pace of last year's The Book of Eli.
The Dilemma held steady in second place with $1.21 million. Universal's comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James was down 55 percent from Monday. That represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases, though as mentioned earlier, yesterday's declines were much more an indication of how old films are skewing than of word of mouth. The Dilemma has grossed $21.73 million through five days, which is below the film's already lowered expectations and is soft by the standards of each of its two stars.
The King's Speech was also down 55 percent from Monday to claim third place on Tuesday with $0.94 million. Yesterday's third place performance marked the highest daily ranking to date for the Oscar hopeful from The Weinstein Company. The King's Speech has grossed an impressive $47.73 million to date and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, especially on the heels of Colin Firth's recent Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Drama. The film is set to zoom past the $50 million mark on Friday.
Fox Searchlight's Black Swan finished in fourth place with $0.86 million. The Oscar hopeful starring Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman was down 52 percent from Monday, representing one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. With a total domestic gross of $75.88 million, Black Swan is already one of 2010's biggest surprises and is now only $24.12 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Paramount's True Grit rounded out the day's top five with $0.84 million. The critically acclaimed western remake was down 61 percent from Monday. True Grit has grossed a much better than expected $129.18 million through four weeks of release and will clear the $130 million mark either today or Thursday.