The Smurfs grossed $4.83 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. In the process the computer animation, live-action hybrid from Sony topped the $50 million mark. The Smurfs continues to exceed pre-release expectations with a six-day start of $51.11 million. That places the film a noteworthy 13 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's G-Force. The Smurfs fell a very solid 15 percent from Tuesday, though it should also be noted that Wednesday holds in general were stronger than normal yesterday. At its current pace, The Smurfs looks to be in good shape to maintain momentum over the weekend.
Universal's Cowboys & Aliens remained in second place with $3.51 million. The big-budget sci-fi western starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford fell 18 percent from Tuesday. Typically a first-Wednesday decline under 20 percent is a positive sign for a fan driven film, but at the same time Cowboys & Aliens still experienced one of the day's larger daily declines. Cowboys & Aliens has grossed $48.47 million through six days of release and is set to cross the $50 million mark today. The film is currently running 5 percent behind the pace of 2009's District 9.
Captain America: The First Avenger held steady in third with $2.99 million. The superhero film from Paramount and Marvel was also down 18 percent from Tuesday and down 49 percent from last Wednesday. As is commonplace with the superhero genre, Captain America has been quite front-loaded so far, but has still been able to gross $127.47 million in just 13 days thanks to a stronger than expected start. Captain America is running nearly on par with the $127.71 million 13-day gross of Thor.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II was down 13 percent from Tuesday and down a solid 44 percent from last Wednesday as the fantasy blockbuster sequel showed signs of stabilizing yesterday. The Warner Bros. release took fourth for the day with $2.89 million. Deathly Hallows: Part II has grossed $328.03 million in 20 days and is now just $12.41 million away from overtaking Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon to become the year's highest grossing domestic film to date.
Fellow Warner Bros. release Crazy, Stupid, Love rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $2.77 million. The well received ensemble romantic comedy starring Carell continues to display strong holding power in its initial days, as it fell just 10 percent from Tuesday. Crazy, Stupid, Love has grossed $27.67 million through six days and is starting to look like it will remain a factor at the box office for quite a while.
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