'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.

Oculus held steady in fourth place with $1.02 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film from Relativity was up 17 percent over Wednesday. Oculus placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $15.99 million. That was in line with expectations and places the film 6 percent ahead of the $15.07 million seven-day take of 2012's House at the End of the Street.

Lionsgate's Divergent was up 23 percent and one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.955 million. The successful young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley was also up 23 percent from last Thursday. Divergent placed in sixth for the week with $10.79 million and has grossed $128.16 million in four weeks.

Fellow Lionsgate release Draft Day was down one spot from Wednesday to land in sixth with $0.913 million. The modestly budgeted sports drama starring Kevin Costner was up 10 percent over Wednesday. Draft Day placed in fourth for the week with a seven-day start of $13.65 million. That was a bit below pre-release expectations.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Nov. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,317,256-9%2,855-392$461$65,651,1373Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$844,3874%2,008--$421$13,012,4291Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$676,684-2%2,995-494$226$119,667,4364Fox
4Hotel Transylvania$608,627-26%3,276-108$186$133,067,6185Sony / Columbia
5Paranormal Activity 4$576,768-44%3,4120$169$45,277,2142Paramount
6Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$530,012-36%2,933--$181$10,595,1571Open Road
7Here Comes the Boom$440,2352%2,491-523$177$31,972,0803Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$427,517-3%2,5412$168$21,127,9552Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$425,391-49%2,347-195$181$41,542,3743Lionsgate / Summit
10Pitch Perfect$389,80539%1,999-661$195$52,569,6235Universal
11Fun Size$268,077-7%3,014--$89$5,159,9431Paramount
12Looper$251,6858%1,189-1034$212$62,451,0215Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$223,0918%2,002--$111$3,130,0161Fox
14Seven Psychopaths$205,44116%1,003-477$205$12,672,5563CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$186,53747%736-9$253$11,817,3506Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$39,74820%290-461$137$38,694,8796Open Road
3The Master$34,478-10%201-211$172$15,330,7957Weinstein Company
4Trouble with the Curve$28,467-30%420-505$68$34,781,8456Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$27,47810%291-54$94$447,261,40715Warner Bros.
6Arbitrage$19,129-24%125-44$153$7,414,2687Roadside Attractions
8The Campaign$16,26231%222148$73$86,640,30712Warner Bros.
9The Bourne Legacy$15,250-6%191-41$80$113,060,06512Universal
10The Expendables 2$12,19616%17886$69$84,752,70111Lionsgate
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$12,1031%147-798$82$3,251,5283Atlas Distribution
12House at the End of the Street$11,515-39%302-444$38$31,108,4336Relativity Media
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,2923%192-30$59$160,295,09016Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,97211%116-33$34$48,673,87413Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$31,49615%2016$1,575$474,9182Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$13,0189%520$250$9,454,39028Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,629-1%300$221$21,173,45582Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$6,61212%48-12$138$12,906,23123Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,88225%96-88$40$37,352,8659Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,55331%72-88$49$13,414,7146Lionsgate
7The Possession$1,937-22%82-51$24$48,887,5189Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$1,722-16%65-103$26$5,272,1285Fox
9Moonrise Kingdom$1,33519%15-14$89$45,512,46623Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$747-35%8-27$93$41,8663Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$58140%4--$145$58,0294Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$18017%10$180$11,5583The Film Collaborative