Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon was off to a solid $13.5 million start last night. An estimated $5.5 million of that total was earned on Tuesday night before midnight from 3D sneaks, while the other $8.0 million was earned from midnight screenings and will be counted towards Wednesday's gross. The $13.5 million start was 19 percent softer than the $16.6 million midnight start of 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The film's $5.5 million start on Tuesday night was good enough for second place for the day. Check back throughout the rest of the week for updates on the box office progress of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Disney's Cars 2 spent its final day in first place on Tuesday with $7.09 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Pixar rebounded a bit from Monday's sharp decline, as it was up a solid 2 percent over Monday. However, it should also be noted that family fare in general saw significant increases on Tuesday. Cars 2 topped the $80 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $80.18 million through its first five days of release. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, that places Cars 2 11 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Cars and 1 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's WALL-E.
Bad Teacher fell one spot and 2 percent from Monday to claim third on Tuesday with $3.92 million. That represented a solid daily hold for the film at this point in it run, especially coming off of Monday's strong daily hold. Sony's R-rated comedy starring Cameron Diaz has now grossed a better than expected $39.53 million in its first five days of release. Bad Teacher is currently running 13 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's The Ugly Truth and on par with 20008's Step Brothers.
Warner's Green Lantern also fell one spot and 2 percent from Monday. The expensive superhero film took fourth place on Tuesday with $2.09 million. That was down a significant 58 percent from last Tuesday. After a modest start for a film of its size, Green Lantern has simply been unable to maintain momentum in the days since then. Green Lantern has grossed $93.21 million in twelve days, leaving it $6.79 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Mr. Popper's Penguins held steady in fifth place with $1.73 million. The Jim Carrey vehicle from Fox was up a strong 27 percent over Monday and down 37 percent from last Tuesday. While weekend grosses for Mr. Popper's Penguins haven't been lighting the box office on fire, strong midweek grosses are helping make up for some of that. Mr. Popper's Penguins has grossed $42.38 million in twelve days, which is in line with expectations.
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