After several days of closing in on the number one spot, Now You See Me officially overtook Fast & Furious 6 for first place on Wednesday. The magician thriller pulled $2.98 million yesterday, off a respectable 15 percent from Tuesday. The film's first six days have accumulated $38.8 million as positive word of mouth continues to drive interest in the film. Now You See Me's total gross is now running nearly 31 percent ahead of 2008's 21. BoxOffice is forecasting a 37 percent drop this weekend for an $18.4 million sophomore frame.
Fast & Furious 6 slipped to the runner-up position for the first time since its release on May 27. The film's $2.82 million Wednesday haul shifted its domestic total up to $180.35 million. Fast & Furious 6 is 22.6 percent ahead of Fast Five's total through the same point and is on track for a third weekend gross of around $18.2 million.
After Earth continued to lose ground on its competition with the sharpest Wednesday drop of any film currently in wide release. Its $1.755 million take yesterday was down 25 percent from Tuesday. Sony's sci-fi pic now has $33.66 million in the bank after six days--10.4 percent less than that of John Carter and 5.8 percent ahead of Battleship.
The 4-5-6 spots played musical chairs on Wednesday with The Hangover Part III dropping two positions down to sixth place with $1.52 million (down 21 percent from Tuesday). Star Trek Into Darkness overtook it for the number four position as it eased just 13 percent from Tuesday to $1.63 million yesterday. Meanwhile, Epic jumped one spot into fifth place with $1.58 million on Wednesday (representing a solid 8 percent day-to-day decline).
Overall, the Monday-to-Wednesday holds of most films further solidify the arrival of the strength of summer weekdays as younger audiences are getting out of school.