'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 Fri, Sep. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,738,962--3,203--$3,353$10,738,9621Sony / Screen Gems
2Takers$1,789,076199%2,191-15$817$43,794,2483Sony / Screen Gems
3The American$1,780,355146%2,83310$628$24,217,4732Focus
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,289,065155%3,0300$425$11,453,1652Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Last Exorcism$1,057,027191%2,731-143$387$35,796,4963Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$999,637223%2,246-361$445$110,094,0506Sony / Columbia
8The Expendables$940,960126%3,058-340$308$96,183,5735Lionsgate
9Eat Pray Love$891,68482%2,339-324$381$72,624,3925Sony / Columbia
10Inception$831,371165%1,583-121$525$280,240,9599Warner Bros.
11The Switch (2010)$632,693166%1,595-290$397$23,637,4224Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$449,155107%2,364-344$190$24,649,8854Universal
13Vampires Suck$409,131229%1,670-764$245$34,011,0754Fox
14Despicable Me$343,750152%1,375-225$250$242,218,62010Universal
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$217,967609%1,187791$184$299,108,36611Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lottery Ticket$324,800190%905-405$359$21,732,4264Warner Bros.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,565112%619-188$400$29,865,7405Universal
3Piranha 3D$208,77132%825-964$253$23,845,1894Weinstein Company
5Salt$186,006110%484-221$384$116,007,5688Sony / Columbia
6Toy Story 3$152,47124%712-808$214$409,366,51213Disney
7Dinner for Schmucks$149,775151%536-268$279$71,502,3117Paramount / DreamWorks
8Flipped$145,0722873%442414$328$928,1496Warner Bros.
9Grown Ups$107,999--339-44$319$160,406,10212Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$85,546269%425-30$201$42,353,7407Warner Bros.
11The Kids Are All Right$72,572134%218-21$333$20,053,46310Focus
12The Last Airbender$45,253153%220-37$206$131,260,03911Paramount
13Winter's Bone$41,119223%11020$374$5,713,90514Roadside Attractions
14Ramona and Beezus$40,250213%275-30$146$25,380,2048Fox
15Charlie St. Cloud$32,300228%190-30$170$31,062,8857Universal
16The Karate Kid (2010)$30,789--168-59$183$176,369,96514Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,3273%60-63$639$15,243,00226Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tillman Story$24,000134%251$960$362,3054Weinstein Company
3Knight and Day$19,754167%93-49$212$76,272,98112Fox
4The Romantics$16,128--2--$8,064$16,1281Four of a Kind
6La Soga$10,983760%72$1,569$174,89057-57 Releasing
7The Concert$8,776117%19-1$462$472,9728Weinstein Company
8Bran Nue Dae$6,341--16--$396$6,3411Freestyle Releasing
9Under the Sea 3D$6,279-20%15-1$419$24,136,39683Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Cyrus$5,097530%260$196$7,389,27313Fox Searchlight
11Solitary Man$1,080-12%9-15$120$4,344,47617Anchor Bay
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,03256%4-2$258$150,6066Anchor Bay
13White Wedding (2009)$756-9%2-2$378$9,4152Dada Films
14Princess Kaiulani$631-4%30$210$878,97218Roadside Attractions