Fox's The Wolverine took in $5.98 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The sixth installment of the X-Men film franchise was up a healthy 8 percent over Monday. In comparison, 2011's X-Men: First Class fell 7 percent on its first Tuesday to take in $5.08 million. The Wolverine surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $64.65 million in five days. That is below expectations and places the film an underwhelming 1.5 percent behind the $65.63 million five-day start of X-Men: First Class (which didn't have the added advantage of higher priced 3D admissions). On the other hand, it should be reminded that The Wolverine was less expensive than First Class and is off to a stronger overseas start.
The Conjuring held steady in second place with $3.01 million. Warner's break-out horror film was up a slim 4 percent over Monday and down a solid 46 percent from last Tuesday. The Conjuring continues to display relatively strong holding power for a horror film of its size and has grossed a terrific $89.86 million in twelve days. The film is now just $10.14 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Despicable Me 2 took in $2.73 million to remain in third. The computer animated blockbuster from Universal and Illumination Entertainment was up 20 percent over Monday and down 37 percent from last Tuesday. With a massive four-week take of $311.82 million, Despicable Me 2 is the second highest grossing release of 2013 thus far domestically. The film will face new competition for family audiences with Sony's The Smurfs 2 arriving in theatres today.
Fellow computer animated film Turbo grossed $2.16 million to continue to claim fourth. The Fox and DreamWorks Animation release increased 22 percent over Monday and was down 39 percent from last Tuesday. Turbo surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $60.10 million in two weeks. Like Despicable Me 2, Turbo will also face new direct competition from The Smurfs 2 beginning today.
The Weinstein Company's Fruitvale Station took in $551,161 from 1,064 locations on Tuesday, while Fox Searchlight's The Way, Way Back grossed $460,359 from 886 locations. Fruitvale Station increased 7 percent over Monday, while The Way, Way Back was up 14 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $7.34 million for Fruitvale Station in 19 days and at $9.94 million for The Way, Way Back in 26 days.