'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, Apr. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$2,080,650-9%3,783--$550$47,287,5001Universal
242 (2013)$1,044,184-4%3,250247$321$58,354,3722Warner Bros.
3The Croods$428,312-1%3,435-254$125$156,424,7835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Place Beyond the Pines$398,871-11%1,5421028$259$13,524,8714Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$361,639-3%3,175-360$114$112,776,1434Paramount
6Olympus Has Fallen$342,118-11%2,638-297$130$90,308,4725FilmDistrict
7Evil Dead$313,198-6%2,823-202$111$49,867,7583Sony / TriStar
8Scary Movie 5$276,841-2%3,4020$81$24,036,9362Weinstein / Dimension
9Jurassic Park 3D$267,950-8%2,330-448$115$39,690,3753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$172,248-3%2,045-459$84$224,448,1397Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$143,946-3%1,405-400$102$49,534,3234Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$74,234-1%1,356-816$55$25,487,0864Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Call$66,829-12%977-653$68$50,403,6336Sony / TriStar
2Girl Rising$53,00256%170122$312$992,4577Gathr Films
3Filly Brown$51,140-11%188--$272$1,745,0911Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Silver Linings Playbook$45,199-8%867416$52$131,225,34223Weinstein Company
5The Lords of Salem$43,311-15%355--$122$855,2931Anchor Bay Films
6Trance$40,787-12%4435$92$2,006,7973Fox Searchlight
7Side Effects (2013)$30,568-16%645592$47$31,946,13311Open Road
9Identity Thief$28,785-14%480-84$60$132,810,38011Universal
10The Sapphires$23,934-13%11421$210$1,236,1645Weinstein Company
11Quartet$22,72212%176-48$129$17,923,11415Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$19,8612%32548$61$70,954,68810Relativity Media
13Life of Pi$15,145-2%193-24$78$124,586,21222Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,809-6%265-9$52$22,398,5096Warner Bros. / New Line
15Jack the Giant Slayer$12,8386%255-76$50$63,313,1078Warner Bros. / New Line
16Warm Bodies$12,7904%240-39$53$66,166,78312Lionsgate / Summit
17Spring Breakers$11,532-19%122-304$95$13,889,7586A24
18A Good Day to Die Hard$8,307-5%170-40$49$67,187,37710Fox
19Escape From Planet Earth$8,171-37%240-36$34$54,888,54710Weinstein Company
20Snitch (2013)$6,286-4%161-54$39$42,138,8319Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,7065%112-42$51$55,703,47513Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$11,95526%520$230$12,239,88453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Up on Poppy Hill$6,7883%48-1$141$745,9116GKIDS
3The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,43646%31--$208$470,9068Methinx Entertainment
421 And Over$5,102-3%50-57$102$25,526,9818Relativity Media
5Dark Skies$5,013-14%9166$55$17,316,0459Weinstein / Dimension
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,53927%300$151$22,507,246107Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$3,891-17%3211$122$245,6769Freestyle Releasing
8Django Unchained$3,6094%77-49$47$162,774,77217Weinstein Company
9Emperor$3,4332%64-32$54$3,288,0297Roadside Attractions
10Parental Guidance$3,2011%900$36$77,197,70217Fox
11Starbuck$2,81314%29-3$97$3,706,7675eOne Films US
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,157-6%1--$2,157$18,4921Rialto Pictures
13Not Today$1,68218%20-21$84$144,8862Freestyle Releasing
14Argo$1,375-14%43-129$32$136,025,50328Warner Bros.
15Stoker$1,161-29%28-2$41$1,696,4458Fox Searchlight
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$80364%51-4$16$303,003,56819Warner Bros. / New Line
17Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$75673%2-11$378$126,4053CodeBlack Films
18Pawn$21455%1--$214$2,7921Anchor Bay Films
19Settai$108-50%2-13$54$85,4333UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$20--21$10$1,121,9939UTV Motion Pictures