Sony's The Smurfs topped the daily box office for the third time over the past five days on Tuesday. The computer animation, live-action hybrid grossed $5.66 million for the day, which was up a healthy 13 percent over Monday. Midweek business for the film has been strong so far this week and should continue to remain so while schools are still out of session. The Smurfs has grossed a better than expected $46.28 million through five days of release and is set to cross the $50 million mark today. The film has now overtaken the total gross of this past weekend's fellow release Cowboys & Aliens.
Speaking of Cowboys & Aliens, Universal's pricey sci-fi western held steady in second with $4.26 million. Cowboys & Aliens was unchanged from Monday, though that did represent one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases as most films increased over Monday on Tuesday. The film continues to run towards the lower end of pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $44.96 million. Cowboys & Aliens is currently running 4.6 percent behind the pace of 2009's District 9.
Paramount's Captain America: The First Avenger grossed $3.62 million to remain in third place. The adaptation of the Marvel comic series stabilized a bit on Tuesday as it was up 5 percent over Monday and down 54 percent from last Tuesday. Captain America has grossed $124.48 million in twelve days, placing it 1 percent behind the pace of Thor at the same point in its run.
Warner's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II took fourth with $3.30 million. The final chapter of the blockbuster franchise fell 1 percent from Monday and 49 percent from last Tuesday. Deathly Hallows: Part II has grossed a massive $325.14 million through 19 days and now trails Paramount's Transformers: Dark of the Moon by just $14.55 million in the race for the year's top spot at the domestic box office so far.
Fellow Warner Bros. release Crazy, Stupid, Love rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $3.07 million. The ensemble romantic comedy starring Steve Carell held up nicely on Tuesday as it increased 13 percent over Monday, though it should also be noted that romantic comedies typically hold up well on their first Tuesdays. Crazy, Stupid, Love has grossed a solid $24.91 million through five days, which is towards the higher end of pre-release expectations.
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