It was an extremely close race for first place at the daily box office for a second straight day on Tuesday. And as was the case on Monday, Universal's Fast & Furious 6 was able to just hold off Lionsgate's Now You See Me. Fast & Furious 6 took in $3.557 million on Tuesday, which gave it a slim daily lead of $39,236 over Now You See Me. The sixth installment of the popular action franchise increased 20 percent over Monday and was down 56 percent from last Tuesday. Fast & Furious 6 has grossed $177.53 million though twelve days of release. That places the film 22 percent ahead of the $144.99 million twelve-day take of 2011's Fast Five (which grossed $2.69 million on its second Tuesday).
Now You See Me held steady in second with $3.518 million. The crowd pleasing ensemble crime film featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo was up a healthy 19 percent over Monday. Now You See Me continues to display strong holding power in its initial days of release and currently looks to be in good shape to hold up very nicely over the upcoming weekend. Now You See Me continues to exceed expectations with a five-day start of $35.84 million. The film is currently running 28 percent ahead of the $28.01 million five-day take of 2008's 21 (which took in $1.91 million on its first Tuesday).
Sony's After Earth grossed $2.33 million to remain in third place. The M. Night Shyamalan directed sci-fi film starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith was up a respectable 13 percent over Monday. After Earth topped the $30 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $31.90 million in five days. However, that is below pre-release expectations and is quite lackluster given Will Smith's previous box office history. After Earth is currently running 26 percent behind the $42.92 million five-day take of this year's Oblivion and 6 percent ahead of the $30.17 million five-day start of last year's Battleship.
Holdovers The Hangover Part III, Star Trek Into Darkness and Epic remained bunched together in Tuesday's daily rankings (with $188,617 separating sixth place from fourth place). Warner's The Hangover Part III was up one spot and 19 percent over Monday to take fourth with $1.91 million, Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness fell one spot and was up 15 percent over Monday to place in fifth with $1.88 million and Fox's Epic was up 24 percent to hold steady in sixth with $1.72 million. Respective total grosses to date stand at $185.05 million in 20 days for Star Trek Into Darkness, at $92.06 million in 13 days for The Hangover Part III and at $68.48 million in twelve days for Epic.