Rio continued to lead on Tuesday, but the day's most impressive hold belonged to Water for Elephants.

‘Rio’ #1, ‘Water for Elephants’ #2 on Tuesday

on April 27, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Fox's Rio led the daily box office for a twelfth consecutive day on Tuesday. However, with a Tuesday gross of $1.91 million, the 3D computer animated film was down 43 percent from Monday. Family fare in general was down sharply from Monday, as the Easter boost to the midweek box office is now clearly behind us. Compared to last Tuesday, Rio was down 54 percent. Rio has now grossed $86.06 million through twelve days of release and is set to reach the $100 million milestone sometime over the upcoming weekend. The film is currently running 15 percent behind the pace of last year's How to Train Your Dragon and should continue to fall further behind the pace of Dragon going forward.

Fellow Fox release Water For Elephants held up much stronger on Tuesday. The drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson grossed $1.71 million to move from third on Monday to second on Tuesday. Water for Elephants was down just 4 percent from Monday, which represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Films that appeal strongly to adult females tend to have strong first Tuesday performances, but the Tuesday hold for Water For Elephants was impressive even with that in mind. Water For Elephants crossed the $20 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $20.34 million through five days of release.

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family fell one spot and 28 percent from Monday to finish in third on Tuesday with $1.58 million. Tyler Perry's films are traditionally very front-loaded and Big Happy Family is already looking to be no different for Lionsgate. Madea's Big Happy Family has grossed a solid $28.83 million in five days, but is also running below pre-release expectations at the same time. The film continues to run stronger than 2008's Meet the Browns, but weaker than last year's Why Did I Get Married Too? (both of which also opened over Easter weekend).

Scream 4 was up one spot from Monday to claim fourth place with $0.60 million. The R-rated horror sequel from The Weinstein Company was down 19 percent from Monday and down 59 percent from last Tuesday. After a disappointing opening weekend performance, Scream 4 has simply been unable to build any momentum in the days since then. Scream 4 has grossed $32.38 million in twelve days and is likely to take a big hit from Universal's Fast Five this weekend.

African Cats continued its midweek rebound with $0.55 million for the day. The latest nature documentary from Disneynature was down 17 percent from Monday, which was a very reasonable hold compared to those of other films with family appeal yesterday. African Cats has grossed $7.21 million in five days, placing it 21 percent behind the pace of last year's Oceans.

Tags: African Cats, Scream 4, Madea's Big Happy Family, Water For Elephants, Rio

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