Paramount's Super 8 continued to lead the daily box office on Tuesday with a daily take of $4.26 million. The science fiction film from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg was up 7 percent over Monday. That is a positive early sign for the film's long-term holding power going forward. Super 8 has grossed a very solid $44.68 million through five days of wide release (and one extra day of limited release). The film is currently running 5 percent behind the pace of 2009's District 9. Super 8 will hope to hold up well this coming weekend for a high-profile summer release, especially with the aid of the Father's Day holiday on Sunday.
X-Men: First Class grossed $2.97 million to hold steady in second place. Fox's big-budget superhero prequel was up 9 percent over Monday and down 42 percent from last Tuesday. With the NBA Finals now over, X-Men: First Class and the marketplace in general received an added boost in comparisons to last Tuesday's grosses. X-Men: First Class has grossed $103.72 million through twelve days of release. That places the film 17 percent behind the pace of Paramount's Thor at the same point in its run.
Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2 was up one spot and 18 percent from Monday to claim third on Tuesday with $2.10 million. The 3D computer animated film was down 22 percent from last Tuesday. Yesterday marked just the second time during its run that Kung Fu Panda 2 has topped Warner's The Hangover Part II in the daily rankings (last Sunday being the first). Kung Fu Panda 2 has grossed $130.70 million through 20 days of release.
The Hangover Part II fell one spot to take fourth place for the day with $2.07 million. The blockbuster comedy sequel was up 10 percent over Monday and down 36 percent from last Tuesday, as its midweek grosses continue to stabilize as we move further into the summer. The film trailed Kung Fu Panda 2 by just $30,186 for the day. The 20-day gross for The Hangover Part II stands at $219.69 million, making it the highest grossing domestic release of 2011 thus far.
Bridesmaids rounded out the day's top five with $1.53 million. Universal's break-out comedy was up 22 percent over Monday and down a very healthy 11 percent from last Tuesday, as the film continues to be driven by strong word of mouth. Bridesmaids has grossed a terrific $126.61 million through 33 days of release. That gives Bridesmaids a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.82 to 1.