Warner's Contagion took in $2.19 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The Steven Soderbergh directed film starring Matt Damon was up a very healthy 32 percent over Monday. However, it should be noted that wide releases in general experienced strong daily holds on Tuesday. In comparison, this year's The Adjustment Bureau increased 13 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $1.69 million. With a five-day start of $26.25 million, Contagion continues to run in line with expectations and is currently running 8 percent ahead of the pace of The Adjustment Bureau.
The Help grossed $1.02 million to continue to claim second. The Disney released blockbuster film from DreamWorks was up 36 percent over Monday and down 31 percent from last Tuesday. The Help has now grossed a terrific $139.10 million in 35 days and is set to clear the $140 million mark either today or Thursday. After taking a bit of a hit this past weekend (at least by the film's lofty standards), The Help looks to re-stabilize this coming weekend.
Lionsgate's Warrior held steady in third with $0.58 million. The critically acclaimed mixed martial arts drama was up a very solid 29 percent over Monday. Despite the nice increase on Monday and strong critical reviews, Warrior has only managed to gross a soft $6.26 million through five days of release. Warrior will need to display strong holding power over the next week if it is to have a legitimate chance of hanging around theatres for long.
The Debt was up a strong 50 percent over Monday to remain in fourth with $0.54 million. The Focus release starring Helen Mirren was down 42 percent from last Monday, which was largely a result of this past weekend's larger than expected decline. The Debt continues to exceed its modest expectations with a two-week take of $22.77 million.
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