'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. 29 - Sun, Mar. 31

Wide (1000+)

1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$41,200,000--3,719--$11,078$51,706,8751Paramount
2The Croods$26,500,000-39%4,06519$6,519$88,682,0772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$22,300,000--2,047--$10,894$22,300,0001Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$14,000,000-54%3,1068$4,507$54,742,6692FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$11,605,000-46%3,324-481$3,491$198,277,4004Disney
6The Host (2013)$11,002,000--3,202--$3,436$11,002,0001Open Road
7The Call$4,800,000-46%2,439-68$1,968$39,480,2163Sony / TriStar
9Spring Breakers$2,758,000-43%1,379275$2,000$10,058,2893A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,300,000-70%1,575-1585$825$20,586,6213Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$1,100,000-58%1,082-1084$1,017$129,917,8908Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$965,000-67%1,080-1480$894$61,345,3225Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$878,000-45%752-292$1,168$128,689,63620Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$490,000-74%746-1061$657$41,399,4026Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$408,000-43%340-149$1,200$123,301,86519Fox
4Safe Haven$370,000-67%550-729$673$69,793,6827Relativity Media
5Quartet$368,000-36%302-123$1,219$16,585,39312Weinstein Company
621 And Over$285,000-72%344-790$828$24,934,3125Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$231,000-52%977-517$236$53,922,9797Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$211,83424%10511$2,017$1,879,8469Sony Pictures Classics
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$180,000-13%202-7$891$55,217,24410Paramount
10Stoker$178,000-50%194-81$918$1,477,0015Fox Searchlight
11Django Unchained$176,000-38%233-63$755$162,318,81314Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$161,000-50%209-239$770$66,553,1097Fox
13Emperor$140,800-50%136-101$1,035$2,882,6294Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$137,000-42%162-137$846$65,260,2749Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$64,000-38%134-28$478$103,294,39419Paramount / DreamWorks
17Dark Skies$57,000-69%101-104$564$17,131,1146Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Place Beyond the Pines$270,184--4--$67,546$270,1841Focus
2No (2013)$246,23425%7010$3,518$1,324,9847Sony Pictures Classics
3Ginger & Rosa$159,00061%7844$2,038$368,0573A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$121,098103%2418$5,046$285,7933GKIDS
5On the Road$120,00017%7735$1,558$429,76615IFC Films
6The Sapphires$72,37989%128$6,032$126,9682Weinstein Company
7Renoir$63,663--6--$10,611$63,6631IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
8Starbuck$51,068229%1714$3,004$3,528,9262eOne Films US
9The Impossible$42,000-45%86-37$488$18,815,45115Lionsgate / Summit
10Room 237$36,000--2--$18,000$36,0001IFC Midnight
11Dead Man Down$29,000-91%75-537$387$10,764,9904FilmDistrict
12Blancanieves$25,102--4--$6,276$25,1021Cohen Media Group
13Wrong$17,964--16--$1,123$17,9641Drafthouse Films
14Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$17,565173%31$5,855$77,0954Tribeca Film
16Bless Me, Ultima$12,114-47%11-10$1,101$1,537,3626Arenas Entertainment
18Upside Down$9,146-65%19-20$481$92,1963Millennium Entertainment