'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 Sun, Mar. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$7,503,927-37%3,525--$2,129$27,202,2261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$2,325,595-50%3,2308$720$107,433,2504Universal
3Snitch (2013)$2,077,127-42%2,5110$827$24,478,7302Lionsgate / Summit
4Escape From Planet Earth$2,041,544-38%3,110-243$656$43,106,8773Weinstein Company
521 And Over$2,018,102-40%2,771--$728$8,754,1681Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$1,406,412-49%1,836-176$766$115,302,64916Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$1,397,985-51%2,951-272$474$57,072,0133Relativity Media
8The Last Exorcism Part II$1,289,228-60%2,700--$477$7,728,3541CBS Films
9A Good Day to Die Hard$1,257,377-41%2,589-966$486$59,696,5273Fox
10Dark Skies$773,180-52%2,3130$334$13,365,2402Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$615,986-49%1,930-714$319$61,937,9305Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$462,010-44%1,112-958$415$28,072,4534Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$259,139-40%1,075-1875$241$18,557,7443Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$690,724-39%62654$1,103$117,018,62515Fox
2Argo$536,126-48%985183$544$132,659,72721Warner Bros.
3Quartet$518,441-35%725369$715$11,181,3168Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$330,396-48%722-475$458$93,574,80111Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$261,136-46%652-223$401$180,071,29317Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$231,490-51%983324$235$160,268,93710Weinstein Company
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$165,558-33%601-824$275$54,092,2436Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$161,955-38%352-110$460$147,631,64510Universal
9Rise of The Guardians$91,368-34%295-10$310$102,386,10715Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$77,880-38%210-178$371$301,402,74612Warner Bros. / New Line
12Bless Me, Ultima$66,131-9%183-80$361$1,261,2932Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$64,549-47%104-6$621$876,5682UTV Motion Pictures
14Parental Guidance$56,388-43%258-123$219$76,060,89210Fox
15Jack Reacher$47,364-45%225125$211$79,682,72611Paramount
16The Impossible$41,811-44%151-122$277$18,322,58811Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$29,930-35%169-133$177$40,041,6838Open Road
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$28,917-43%180-43$161$292,298,92316Lionsgate / Summit
19Gangster Squad$26,922-32%138-64$195$45,753,3918Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$22,766-40%133-53$171$37,101,01111Paramount
21Skyfall$16,227-55%101-83$161$304,295,23817Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$46,725-29%7--$6,675$160,5471Fox Searchlight
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$31,082-54%68--$457$143,5321Methinx Entertainment
3To the Arctic 3D$23,0670%520$444$11,476,23346Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hyde Park on Hudson$15,397-30%38-27$405$6,215,99413Focus
5Bullet to the Head$12,527-30%86-19$146$9,454,4045Warner Bros.
6Broken City$8,993-42%69-29$130$19,640,6917Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$8,227-27%300$274$22,086,541100Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Sweeney$7,38310%11--$671$20,3211eOne Films US
10Stand Up Guys$5,606-23%17-24$330$3,301,0465Lionsgate / Roadside
11Camp (2013)$1,810-1%21$905$15,4122Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$945-60%6-1$158$1,551,84618Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$910-56%17-4$54$8,808,9836Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3610%2-7$181$221,9084UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$132-33%1--$132$96,05222Roadside Attractions