Universal's Mama took in $1.51 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The surprise hit PG-13 horror film starring Jessica Chastain was down 60 percent from Monday's Martin Luther King holiday performance. That represented one of the day's larger daily declines among films in Tuesday's top ten, though it was also reasonable given the film's appeal with teenage moviegoers. Mama continues to exceed expectations with a strong $33.66 million five-day start. That places the film 51 percent ahead of the $22.28 million five-day start of last year's The Possession.
Zero Dark Thirty held steady in second place with $1.20 million. Sony's Best Picture nominee was down 57 percent from Monday and down 51 percent from last Tuesday. Zero Dark Thirty has grossed $58.15 million to date. The film is currently running 28 percent stronger than 2007's The Bucket List and 26 percent softer than 2008's Gran Torino at the same point in their respective runs.
Silver Linings Playbook continued to hold up nicely on Tuesday with a third place take of $1.00 million. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company was down 50 percent from Monday and up 34 percent over last Tuesday. Silver Linings Playbook has grossed $57.70 million to date and is in great position to hold up well over the upcoming weekend thanks in part to continued Oscar buzz.
Warner's Gangster Squad claimed fourth place for the day with $0.896 million. The ensemble crime drama fell 40 percent from Monday and 53 percent from last Tuesday. Gangster Squad has grossed $34.13 million through twelve days of release, placing it 3 percent behind the pace of last year's Red Tails.