In what will be its last day at the top of the daily box office, Universal's The Purge led the way on Tuesday with $2.69 million. However, the ultra-low budget R-rated thriller was down a sharp 19 percent from Monday, which isn't a good sign for the film going forward. Tuesday holds in general were significantly weaker than usual yesterday, thanks in part to competition from both the evening launch of Sony's This Is The End and Game 3 of the NBA Finals. In the bigger picture, The Purge continues to exceed expectations in a big way. The film topped the $40 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $40.06 million in five days. That places the film 60 percent ahead of the $25.10 million five-day start of 2008's The Strangers (which fell 7 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $1.97 million).
This Is The End was off to a healthy launch last night with an estimated $2.2 million from late night shows that began at 7 p.m. As is commonplace, the late night start for the ensemble R-rated comedy will be counted towards Wednesday's opening day performance. Late night grosses for This Is The End were within shouting distance of the recent $3.1 million late night start of The Hangover Part III, though it should be noted that late night shows for The Hangover Part III began at 10 p.m. This Is The End will have no problem topping the daily box office on Wednesday, but will obviously take a backseat to Warner's highly anticipated Man of Steel over the weekend.
Turning back towards Tuesday, Now You See Me held steady in second with $2.43 million. The crowd pleasing ensemble thriller from Lionsgate was up 1 percent over Monday and down 32 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to strong word of mouth, the twelve-day take for Now You See Me stands at $65.77 million. Now You See Me is currently running 34 percent stronger than the $49.08 million twelve-day performance of 2008's 21.
Fast & Furious 6 took in $2.07 million to remain in third place. The sixth installment of the Universal's action franchise was down 4 percent from Monday and down 42 percent from last Tuesday. Through 19 days of release, Fast & Furious 6 has grossed $207.03 million. Fast & Furious 6 is currently running 20 percent stronger than the $173.01 million 19-day gross of 2011's Fast Five and is now just $2.81 million away from matching the $209.84 million final domestic gross of Fast Five.
Fox's The Internship grossed $1.82 million to continue to claim fourth. The PG-13 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson fell a significant 11 percent from Monday. There is no doubt that the evening arrival of This Is the End had a negative effect on The Internship yesterday. The Internship topped the $20 million mark yesterday and has grossed $21.17 million in five days. While The Internship continues to perform in line with expectations, the film's performance has nonetheless been underwhelming thus far given the film's re-teaming of Wedding Crashers stars Vaughn and Wilson.