Grosses

'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 Wed, Jan. 8 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,643,640-16%2,55720$643$68,117,4762Paramount
2American Hustle$1,295,946-13%2,51811$515$91,754,3274Sony / Columbia
3Frozen (2013)$1,179,790-38%3,318-17$356$301,501,5437Disney
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,171,342-25%3,730-198$314$233,100,2484Warner Bros. / New Line
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$862,663-25%3,407-100$253$111,642,7313Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$844,607-18%2,1100$400$61,535,4744Disney
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$842,019-26%2,867--$294$21,420,3861Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$646,989-27%2,92213$221$47,699,8412Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$523,378-22%2,143-172$244$408,896,1537Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$484,215-29%2,6901$180$34,395,8602Universal
11Grudge Match$388,328-26%2,85618$136$26,170,0422Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$195,843-35%2,560-683$77$32,148,8583Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$118,972-24%1,474-314$81$50,655,3254Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$104,075-16%1,01035$103$7,383,9156Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$40,668-23%1,0370$39$6,114,5062Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$282,39318%607-120$465$20,250,7207Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$145,8914%156-5$935$7,282,2245CBS Films
3Nebraska$91,24114%240-10$380$7,228,7988Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,5910%329-152$202$19,278,2209Fox
5Gravity$44,440-6%165-10$269$255,754,35014Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$44,0297%151-3$292$38,590,16912Fox Searchlight
7Dallas Buyers Club$39,8048%1284$311$16,402,48010Focus
8Thor: The Dark World$39,457-20%291-28$136$203,582,0369Disney
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$24,802-33%278-25$89$117,714,06015Sony / Columbia
10Last Vegas$24,194-12%25736$94$63,187,00610CBS Films
11Dhoom 3$21,786-34%138-82$158$7,916,6983Yash Raj Films
12Ender's Game$19,124-11%242-7$79$61,716,91210Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$17,404-4%220-37$79$101,677,54611Paramount
14Free Birds$15,067-22%25310$60$54,951,17710Relativity Media
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$10,439-10%13399$78$116,324,43321Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$9,611-14%1459$66$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$7,835-7%13010$60$70,516,7708Universal
18Despicable Me 2$6,040-20%151-14$40$367,977,90527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 8 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$113,68411%470$2,419$3,291,5173Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$16,64916%50$3,330$526,7882Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$12,06460%20$6,032$355,4342Universal
4All Is Lost$6,32417%714$89$6,064,85112Roadside Attractions
5Enough Said$6,188157%23-4$269$17,510,71616Fox Searchlight
6Escape Plan$4,554-10%84-23$54$25,077,65712Lionsgate / Summit
7Out of the Furnace$3,62219%59-43$61$11,197,0185Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,138-31%39-14$29$68,522,67322Fox
9Don Jon$485-38%21-10$23$24,477,47615Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$33418%19-10$18$36,918,56617Relativity Media
11Black Nativity$307-21%15-9$20$7,013,2656Fox Searchlight