'Captain America 2' Returns to First on Thursday with $4.32M; 'Rio 2' #2; 'Heaven is for Real' #3April 18, 2014 12:04 PM

by Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Solider returned to the top of the daily box office on Thursday with $4.32 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was up 23 percent over Wednesday and down a slim 6 percent from last Thursday. Midweek grosses continued to be stronger than usual in general on Thursday due in part to Holy Week. The Winter Soldier was the week's top film with $57.31 million. That was down 51 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the two-week total for the film to a strong $174.91 million. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently running 14 percent ahead of the $153.72 million 14-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Fox's Rio 2 was up 18 percent and one spot over Wednesday to place in second on Thursday with an estimated $3.58 milion. The 3D computer animated sequel from Blue Sky Studios placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $52.86 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and places the film just 3 percent behind the $54.48 million seven-day start of 2011's Rio.

Heaven is for Real was down two spots and a healthy 10 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance to claim third with an estimated $3.33 million. Sony's faith-based drama has grossed a very solid $7.03 million in two days of release. That places the film 16 percent behind the $8.36 million two-day midweek start of Titanic 3D ahead of Easter weekend back in 2012. With the aid of an A rating on CinemaScore, Heaven is for Real is likely to hold up well going forward.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 23 - Sun, Jan. 25

Wide (1000+)

1The Butterfly Effect$17,065,227--2,605--$6,551$17,065,2271New Line
2Along Came Polly$16,352,484-41%2,99511$5,460$53,264,8432Universal
3Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$7,320,058--2,711--$2,700$7,320,0581DreamWorks
4Big Fish$7,109,365-31%2,438-76$2,916$48,936,0147Sony / Columbia
5The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$6,786,756-34%2,558-445$2,653$337,825,0146New Line
6Cheaper by the Dozen$6,381,831-46%2,810-215$2,271$122,531,4965Fox
7Cold Mountain$5,004,505-27%2,8020$1,786$72,582,7685Miramax
8Torque$4,492,683-61%2,4630$1,824$17,278,9232Warner Bros.
9Something's Gotta Give$4,018,249-40%2,143-359$1,875$107,050,7947Sony / Columbia
10Mystic River$3,368,677736%1,3271194$2,539$58,780,19715Warner Bros.