'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 8 - Sun, Mar. 10

Wide (1000+)

1Oz: The Great and Powerful$80,278,000--3,912--$20,521$80,278,0001Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$10,020,000-63%3,5250$2,843$43,811,3692Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$6,319,000-35%3,002-228$2,105$116,529,8855Universal
4Dead Man Down$5,350,000--2,188--$2,445$5,350,0001FilmDistrict
5Snitch (2013)$5,100,000-34%2,340-171$2,179$31,855,1273Lionsgate / Summit
621 And Over$5,056,000-42%2,7710$1,825$16,839,9752Relativity Media
7Safe Haven$3,800,000-39%2,541-410$1,495$62,884,0974Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$3,745,000-35%1,727-109$2,169$120,749,34217Weinstein Company
9Escape From Planet Earth$3,207,000-52%2,549-561$1,258$47,832,1824Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$3,120,000-60%2,7000$1,156$12,082,5992CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$2,100,000-54%1,725-864$1,217$63,346,4014Fox
12Dark Skies$1,275,000-63%1,505-808$847$15,585,1273Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$1,020,000-60%1,052-878$970$63,579,3846Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$1,625,000-32%67145$2,422$119,413,15216Fox
2Quartet$1,279,000-28%715-10$1,789$13,269,8319Weinstein Company
3Emperor$1,042,800--260--$4,011$1,042,8001Roadside Attractions
4Argo$1,030,000-51%741-244$1,390$134,302,55822Warner Bros.
5Side Effects (2013)$900,000-49%602-510$1,495$29,601,6705Open Road
6Zero Dark Thirty$700,000-46%522-200$1,341$94,654,55912Sony / Columbia
7Lincoln$444,000-55%432-220$1,028$180,847,93118Disney / DreamWorks
8Django Unchained$427,000-56%336-647$1,271$161,095,45211Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$320,000-44%286-66$1,119$148,148,76511Universal
10Rise of The Guardians$224,000-23%275-20$815$102,678,92416Paramount / DreamWorks
11Amour$195,511-58%205-128$954$6,244,64912Sony Pictures Classics
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$178,000-68%225-376$791$54,500,9177Paramount
14Jack Reacher$136,000-29%194-31$701$79,893,46812Paramount
15The Impossible$90,000-44%114-37$789$18,478,39112Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Gatekeepers$250,1220%6721$3,733$1,027,0926Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$167,36165%3524$4,782$510,5194Sony Pictures Classics
3Stoker$115,239-28%1710$6,779$329,7272Fox Searchlight
4Lore$67,00075%2917$2,310$255,7415Music Box Films
5Bless Me, Ultima$51,074-72%52-131$982$1,381,8733Arenas Entertainment
6Hava Nagila (The Movie)$39,369379%1211$3,281$90,7762International Film Circuit
7Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$38,495--1--$38,495$38,4951Tribeca Film
8Hyde Park on Hudson$35,647-30%391$914$6,286,86414Focus
9Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$31,000-22%21-2$1,476$213,0867Music Box Films
10Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey$25,000--23--$1,087$25,0001Cinedigm
11Beyond the Hills$18,000--3--$6,000$18,0001IFC Films
12Like Someone in Love$16,80020%6-2$2,800$107,0004IFC Films
13The We and the I$12,280--1--$12,280$12,2801Paladin/108 Media
14The Girl (2013)$10,400--2--$5,200$10,4001Brainstorm Media / Vitagraph
15The Silence$9,170--2--$4,585$9,1701Music Box Films
16Chasing Ice$7,214--11--$656$1,255,79118Submarine Deluxe
17The Power of Few$1,815--1--$1,815$25,0484Steelyard Pictures