Warner's Argo grossed $1.73 million on Tuesday to move back into first place at the daily box office. The awards season hopeful directed by and starring Ben Affleck was up a very strong 66 percent over Monday, as the film continues to display tremendous early holding power. Yesterday also saw daily holds in general receive an added boost from Monday's grosses being deflated by the third Presidential Debate. Argo was down a slim 8 percent from last Tuesday (when grosses were deflated by the second Presidential Debate). With a twelve-day start of $45.78 million Argo is currently running 11.5 percent behind the $51.71 million twelve-day take of 2010's The Town, but should have a larger third weekend performance than The Town did.
Paranormal Activity 4 increased 16 percent over Monday, but in the process still fell one spot on Tuesday to claim second place with $1.49 million. The fourth installment of Paramount's low-budget horror franchise has grossed $31.78 million in five days. While Paranormal Activity 4 is performing well in relation to its cost, the film is also performing below expectations and is currently running 30 percent softer than the $45.31 million five-day start of 2010's Paranormal Activity 2.
Fox's Taken 2 held steady in third place with $1.08 million. The action thriller sequel starring Liam Neeson was up 34 percent over Monday and down 40 percent from last Tuesday. Taken 2 has grossed $107.72 million through 19 days, placing it 32 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Taken, though the percentage gap between the two films continues to shrink.
Alex Cross grossed $0.93 million to remain in fourth place. Lionsgate's action thriller starring Tyler Perry increased 28 percent over Monday. Alex Cross has grossed $13.05 million in five days, which is below expectations and places the film a disappointing 25 percent behind the $17.45 million four-day start of Good Deeds earlier this year.