Disney's Iron Man 3 took in $11.29 million on Tuesday to dominate the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The blockbuster superhero sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. held up quite nicely on Tuesday for a film of its size, as it was essentially unchanged from Monday's performance. In comparison, 2007's Spider-Man 3 fell 22 percent to gross $8.04 million on its first Tuesday, 2010's Iron Man 2 fell 11 percent to gross $8.38 million, and last year's Marvel's The Avengers fell 6 percent to gross $17.68 million. Tuesday's daily hold was an encouraging sign for Iron Man 3, especially after losing relative momentum on Sunday and Monday.
Iron Man 3 has grossed $196.70 million in just five days and is set to zoom past the $200 million domestic mark today. That will tie the film with last year's The Dark Knight Rises as the fifth fastest film ever to reach the $200 million milestone (The Avengers is the record-holder, having reached the milestone in just 3 days). Iron Man 3 is currently running 35 percent stronger than the $145.87 million five-day take of Iron Man 2, 16 percent stronger than the $169.44 million five-day gross of Spider-Man 3 and 19 percent behind the $244.01 million five-day start of The Avengers.
Paramount's Pain and Gain held steady in a very distant second place with $0.835 million. The Michael Bay directed film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson increased 28 percent over Monday, but was still down a sizable 57 percent from last Tuesday. Mixed word of mouth and the massive debut of Iron Man 3 have both obviously taken a toll on Pain and Gain. The twelve-day total for the modestly budgeted film stands at $35.32 million.
Oblivion grossed $0.568 million to remain in third place. Universal's sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise was up 23 percent over Monday and down a very sharp 64 percent from last Monday. Like Pain and Gain, Oblivion has clearly taken a massive hit from the arrival of Iron Man 3. On top of that, both late April releases will soon be facing added direct completion in from Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness. Oblivion has grossed $76.84 million through 19 days of release.
Warner's 42 finished just behind Oblivion with a fourth place take of $0.528 million. The two films were separated by just $39,597 for the day. The Jackie Robinson biopic starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford increased 22 percent over Monday was down 42 percent from last Tuesday. Through 26 days, 42 has grossed a very solid $79.14 million.