Paramount's No Strings Attached returned to the top of the daily box office on Tuesday with $0.98 million. The R-rated romantic comedy was up two spots and a solid 7 percent over Monday. No Strings Attached continues to run in line with expectations with a twelve-day gross of $41.39 million. The film looks to hold up better than most this weekend in the upcoming battle with the Super Bowl.
The King's Speech was able to overtake The Rite on Tuesday, but still had to settle for another close second place finish. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company grossed $0.92 million and trailed No Strings Attached by just $60,430 for the day. If the film can overtake No Strings Attached either today or Thursday, it would represent the film's initial first place daily finish at the box office. The King's Speech has grossed $74.02 million to date.
The Mechanic was up one spot and 3 percent over Monday to finish in third with $0.89 million. The Jason Statham vehicle from CBS Films has displayed solid holding power thus far, especially for its genre. However, it is still likely to take a big hit this coming weekend from competition from the Super Bowl. The Mechanic has grossed $13.18 million through five days, which is a bit above expectations.
The news wasn't as good for fellow new release The Rite. Warner's PG-13 thriller was down three spots and 9 percent from Monday to claim fourth on Tuesday with $0.86 million. That isn't a good sign for the film going forward, especially with Sony's The Roommate entering the marketplace on Friday. The Rite is still running in line with expectations with a five-day start of $0.86 million.
Sony's The Green Hornet was up a solid 8 percent over Monday to round out the day's top five with $0.68 million. The big-budget 3D release has grossed $79.80 million in 19 days and is set to clear the $80 million mark today, which will make it the first release of 2011 to do so.