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by Daniel Garris
Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman took in $4.24 million on Wednesday to remain at the top of the daily box office for a sixth consecutive day. The pricey adaptation starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron fell 24 percent from Tuesday. Snow White and the Huntsman topped the $70 million mark yesterday and has grossed $71.40 million through six days of release. The film is currently running 2 percent stronger than the $69.87 million six-day start of last year’s X-Men: First Class. Snow White and the Huntsman (along with most other wide releases in the marketplace) is likely to take a significant hit this weekend from the one-two punch of Fox’s Prometheus and Paramount’s Madagascar 3.
Men in Black 3 held steady in second place with $2.50 million. Sony’s expensive 3D sequel starring Will Smith fell 21 percent from Tuesday and 37 percent from last Wednesday. Men in Black 3 has grossed $119.45 million in 13 days of release, placing it 8 percent ahead of the pace of 2009′s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. It should be noted that Men in Black 3 continues to perform far stronger internationally.
Marvel’s The Avengers grossed $1.86 million to remain in third. Disney’s blockbuster superhero film was down 16 percent from Tuesday and down just 26 percent from last Wednesday. With a 34-day gross of $559.08 million, The Avengers ranks as the third highest grossing film of all-time domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation. The film is currently $40.92 million away from reaching the $600 million domestic milestone.