Fast Five continued to make a big impact at the box office on Tuesday with a first place daily take of $6.16 million. The fifth installment of Universal's popular franchise fell just 1 percent from Monday. While it should be noted that daily holds were strong across the board on Tuesday, Fast Five held up significantly better on its first Tuesday than both 2009's Fast & Furious and 2009's X-Men: Origins Wolverine did. Those films experienced respective first-Tuesday daily declines of 9 percent and 15 percent.
Fast Five has grossed an impressive $98.59 million through five days of release and will zoom past the $100 million domestic milestone today. The film is currently running 22 percent ahead of the pace of Fast & Furious and 4 percent ahead of the pace of Wolverine. The Fast and the Furious sequels have traditionally been extremely front-loaded, but given its daily holds thus far Fast Five has a growing chance of being an exception to that rule.
Water For Elephants held steady in second place with $1.06 million. The drama from Fox starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson increased a strong 35 percent over Monday and was down 38 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for the film stands at $34.32 million. Water For Elephants has been displaying sold holding power thus far, especially on weekdays. With the aid of the Mother's Day holiday, the film has a good chance of holding up better this coming weekend than it did last weekend.
Fellow Fox release Rio grossed $0.77 million to hold steady in third. The 3D computer animated blockbuster was up 12 percent over Monday, but down a steep 60 percent from last Tuesday. Rio has grossed $105.47 million through 19 days of release, placing it 23 percent behind the pace of last year's How to Train Your Dragon. Going forward Rio may have a tough time trying to regain momentum given the number of high-profile 3D releases opening throughout May.
Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family continued to claim fourth place with $0.57 million. The Lionsgate release was up 5 percent over Monday, but that represented one of the day's weaker daily holds among wide releases. Madea's Big Happy family has grossed $42.01 million in twelve days and is still on pace for a final domestic gross in the neighborhood of $50 million.