Sony's Underworld Awakening grossed $2.13 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The 3D action sequel starring Kate Beckinsale was up a respectable 1 percent over Monday's performance. While Oscar-nominated fare experienced Tuesday's strongest percentage increases, non-Oscar action fare still occupied four of the top five spots on Tuesday. Underworld Awakening has grossed $29.55 million in five days. That places the film 26 percent ahead of the pace of 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and just 3 percent behind the pace of 2006's Underworld: Evolution.
Fox's Red Tails and Universal's Contraband held steady in second and third place respectively. The Lucasfilm produced Red Tails was down 4 percent from Monday to gross $1.29 million, while Contraband was up a very solid 13 percent over Monday to gross $1.15 million. Red Tails continues to run on the high end of expectations with a five-day start of $21.42 million. Contraband continues to exceed expectations with a twelve-day take of $48.10 million.
Leading the way among Academy Award nominated films for Best Picture on Tuesday was Warner's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Among all films, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close placed in fourth for the day with $0.994 million. That was up a healthy 43 percent over Monday. The film has grossed a modest $12.43 million to date, but should be able to hold up well going forward thanks in part to its largely unexpected Best Picture nomination.
Daily grosses for other Best Picture nominees on Tuesday included $376,837 for Disney's War Horse (up 34 percent over Monday), $347,256 for The Weinstein Company's The Artist (up 41 percent), $287,691 for Fox Searchlight's The Descendants (up 49 percent) and $135,510 for Paramount's Hugo (up 73 percent). The Descendants is highly likely to see the biggest Oscar bump of any film this weekend thanks to receiving a major theatre expansion on Friday.
Interestingly, films that received an Oscar Nomination for Best Actress or Best Actor, but that didn't receive a nomination for Best Picture, experienced daily Oscar bumps nearly as strong as those of the Best Picture nominees. Grosses included $507,734 for The Weinstein Company's The Iron Lady (up 38 percent over Monday), $397,126 for Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (up 20 percent), $211,530 for Focus' Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (up 37 percent) and $52,471 for The Weinstein Company's My Week with Marilyn (up 60 percent).