Marvel's The Avengers grossed $4.92 million on Tuesday to remain at the top of the daily box office for a 19th consecutive day. Disney's blockbuster superhero film was down 14 percent from Monday's inflated Victoria Day performance and down 42 percent from last Tuesday. The 19-day total for Marvel's The Avengers stands at a mighty $468.27 million. That currently ranks The Avengers as the fifth highest grossing unadjusted film of all-time domestically and the film is set to overtake 1999's The Phantom Menace for fourth place on Thursday. The Avengers is currently running 15 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's The Dark Knight, which ranks in third place on the all-time unadjusted domestic chart.
Universal's Battleship held steady in second place with $2.27 million. The expensive adaptation of the Hasbro board game was down just 4 percent from Monday, but grosses remain disappointing nonetheless as a result of the film's slow start over the weekend. Battleship topped the $30 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $30.17 million in five days. That places the film 20 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's Poseidon and 15 percent behind the pace of this year's John Carter.
The Dictator continued to hold up nicely as it was essentially unchanged from Monday's performance to remain in third with $2.15 million on Tuesday. Paramount's R-rated comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen started off slowly last Wednesday, but has continued to display solid holding power since Friday. Word of mouth appears to be kicking into gear for the film at this point, so unlike 2009's Brüno, The Dictator shouldn't fade away from theatres quickly. The Dictator has grossed a respectable $28.79 million in its first week of release, placing it 34.5 percent behind the pace of 2008's Tropic Thunder.