Universal's Contraband topped the daily box office on Tuesday with $2.18 million. The Mark Wahlberg action vehicle fell 48 percent from Monday and has now led the daily box office for four of the past five days (it placed in second on Monday behind Beauty and the Beast 3D). Contraband topped the $30 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $30.69 million in five days of release. The modestly budgeted film continues to exceed expectations and is currently running a very respectable 25 percent behind the pace of 2010's The Book of Eli (which also opened over Martin Luther King weekend).
Beauty and the Beast 3D claimed second place for the day with $1.02 million. Disney's 3D re-issue of its 1991 animated classic fell 77 percent from Monday. Beauty and the Beast 3D held up a bit better than other family films yesterday, which is another sign that Beauty and the Beast 3D is attracting more adult moviegoers than a typical family film, in the same fashion as last year's The Lion King 3D. With a solid five-day start of $23.23 million, Beauty and the Beast 3D is currently running 34 percent behind the pace of The Lion King 3D.
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol placed in third with $0.89 million. The blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise fell 65 percent from Monday and 48 percent from last Tuesday. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has grossed $190.34 million in 33 days, leaving it just $9.66 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. The film is likely to hold up well today and tomorrow before it loses IMAX screens to Sony's Underworld Awakening on Friday.
Joyful Noise finished in fourth with $0.79 million. The Warner Bros. release starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton fell 69 percent from Monday. Joyful Noise is running slightly below pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $14.60 million, but also carries a modest price tag. The film is currently running 9.5 percent behind the pace of 2006's Last Holiday (which also opened over Martin Luther King weekend).
Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rounded out Tuesday's top five with $0.67 million. The David Fincher directed remake fell 51 percent from Monday and 47 percent from last Tuesday. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has grossed $89.88 million in 28 days and is set to pass the $90 million mark today.