Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes easily led the way on Tuesday with $6.67 million. The successful reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise has now comfortably led the daily box office for five straight days, though the competition will get tougher today with DreamWorks' The Help entering the marketplace. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was unchanged from Monday's performance. In comparison, the similarly targeted Captain America: The First Avenger saw a 1 percent daily increase on its first Tuesday, while Cowboys and Aliens was unchanged on its first Tuesday last week. Rise of the Planet of the Apes has grossed a better than expected $68.13 million in its first five days. That places the film 15.5 percent behind the pace of Captain America ($80.64 m) and 51.5 percent ahead of Cowboys & Aliens at the same point in their respective runs.
The Smurfs was up a very impressive 31 percent over Monday to hold steady in second with $3.80 million. The 3D family film from Sony was down a healthy 33 percent from last Tuesday. The Smurfs topped the $80 million mark yesterday and has now grossed a better than expected $82.59 million through twelve days of release. With the added benefit of the limited amount of family films on the near horizon, The Smurfs has a good chance of continuing to hold up well going forward.
Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II remained in third place with $2.01 million. The final chapter of the blockbuster fantasy franchise was up 11 percent over Monday and down 39 percent from last Tuesday. Deathly Hallows: Part II is already the year's highest grossing domestic release with a current total of $346.90 million and is set to reach the $350 million mark on Thursday.
Captain America: The First Avenger was up one spot and 19 percent over Monday to take fourth place on Tuesday with $1.99 million. The superhero film from Paramount and Marvel was down 45 percent from last Tuesday. Captain America has grossed $146.87 million in 19 days and is set to reach the $150 million mark on Thursday.
Warner's Crazy, Stupid, Love and Universal's Cowboys & Aliens followed very closely behind, as there was very little separation between fourth place and sixth place yesterday (and for that matter between third place and seventh place). Crazy, Stupid, Love was up 19 percent over Monday to gross $1.978 million, while Cowboys & Aliens was up 13 percent to gross $1.971 million. Respective twelve-day totals stand at $71.07 million for Cowboys & Aliens and at $45.75 million for Crazy, Stupid, Love.
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