'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, Oct. 18 - Sun, Oct. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Gravity$31,030,000-28%3,820160$8,123$170,566,1303Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$17,300,000-33%3,0200$5,728$53,330,2352Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$17,000,000--3,157--$5,385$17,000,0001Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$10,100,000-27%3,602-272$2,804$93,136,7684Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$9,800,000--2,883--$3,399$9,800,0001Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$2,065,000-43%2,160-695$956$57,259,1585Warner Bros.
7The Fifth Estate$1,714,000--1,769--$969$1,714,0001Disney / DreamWorks
8Runner Runner$1,625,000-57%2,011-1015$808$17,536,3183Fox
9Insidious Chapter 2$1,533,000-44%1,665-491$921$80,923,2416FilmDistrict
10Rush (2013)$1,257,000-47%1,197-933$1,050$24,619,1795Universal
11Machete Kills$1,213,032-68%2,5380$478$6,412,2712Open Road
12Don Jon$1,190,000-50%1,114-882$1,068$22,487,1674Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Enough Said$1,800,000-6%757151$2,378$10,787,4475Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$1,115,000-45%865-455$1,289$20,015,6554Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$1,025,000--457--$2,243$1,025,0001High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$750,000-32%881-269$851$147,716,16111Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$605,000-52%43810$1,381$5,160,7863Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Instructions Not Included$515,000-51%475-236$1,084$43,518,5508Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Despicable Me 2$484,000-4%395-39$1,225$363,739,23016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$385,000-38%602-378$640$114,280,22710Weinstein Company
9Monsters University$320,000-10%230-5$1,391$267,509,11818Disney
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$310,000-13%350-54$886$66,931,90611Fox
11Grace Unplugged$245,420-53%313-189$784$2,188,7583Roadside Attractions
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$231,000-56%4610$501$948,0732Relativity Media
13The Family (2013)$208,000-64%483-567$431$36,288,0356Relativity Media
14Blue Jasmine$186,727-19%152-38$1,228$31,970,05413Sony Pictures Classics
15The Wolverine$153,000-15%207-20$739$132,079,08713Fox
182 Guns$89,000-23%135-31$659$75,570,56012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$87,000-66%1470$592$443,8052Lionsgate / Codeblack Films

Platform (1 — 99)

112 Years a Slave$960,000--19--$50,526$960,0001Fox Searchlight
2Wadjda$149,67642%6619$2,268$809,4016Sony Pictures Classics
3All Is Lost$97,350--6--$16,225$97,3501Roadside Attractions
4Metallica Through The Never$70,820-67%45-244$1,574$3,348,1874Picturehouse
5Kill Your Darlings$57,722--4--$14,431$73,5451Sony Pictures Classics
6A.C.O.D.$50,65549%4224$1,206$126,0033The Film Arcade
7Austenland$45,1648%47-5$961$1,965,98310Sony Pictures Classics
8Parkland$32,681-65%32-101$1,021$616,7053Exclusive Media
9Seasons of Gray$30,000--20--$1,500$30,0001EchoLight Studios
10The Spectacular Now$20,3125%5421$376$6,809,31612A24
11American Promise$18,250--2--$9,125$18,2501Rada Film Group
12Escape From Tomorrow$17,966-72%11-19$1,633$117,9772Producers Distribution Agency
13The World's End$15,291-52%40-33$382$25,935,4019Focus
14Mother of George$14,000--7--$2,000$124,1846Oscilloscope
15Broadway Idiot$11,566110%65$1,928$18,3122FilmBuff
16After Tiller$9,500--6--$1,583$48,5945Oscilloscope
17As I Lay Dying$4,159-42%21$2,080$13,3272Millenium Entertainment