That result tops the $1 million in sales from Thursday night preview showings of McCarthy's 2013 hit,
"Tammy" is making its domestic debut over the Fourth of July holiday period and is expected to generate around $45 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who saw pre-release audience surveys going into the long weekend.
That would make for another likely success for the comic actress.
"Tammy" is not expected to top "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which should continue to post big numbers after opening to $100 million domestically last weekend. The worldwide haul so far for the fourth
In "Tammy," McCarthy returns to her outrageous persona as the title character. With her life in shambles, Tammy embarks on a journey with her hard-drinking grandmother, played by Susan Sarandon.
The Tuesday night numbers come in behind last year's hit Warner Bros. comedy
Other movies hoping for box-office cash are