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 Sat, Jan. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$8,037,47519%3,318-17$2,422$291,905,7337Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,671,10831%3,730-198$1,789$225,152,9464Warner Bros. / New Line
3Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,494,106-26%2,867--$2,265$15,216,2501Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,562,51629%2,55720$2,175$59,761,4782Paramount
5American Hustle$5,514,13332%2,51811$2,190$85,196,9974Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$4,464,88115%3,407-100$1,311$106,426,6053Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$3,848,20530%2,1100$1,824$57,064,4734Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,443,67722%2,92213$1,179$43,732,1772Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,046,35125%2,143-172$1,422$405,577,5527Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$2,320,15929%2,85618$812$23,633,0262Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$2,098,21029%2,6901$780$31,356,1252Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,534,25723%2,560-683$599$30,380,6203Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,351,25231%1,474-314$917$49,697,7084Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$485,42444%1,01035$481$6,829,2036Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$230,16312%1,0370$222$5,824,7922Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$682,04570%607-120$1,124$19,226,8547Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$494,84961%156-5$3,172$6,615,0265CBS Films
3Nebraska$289,06165%240-10$1,204$6,848,9828Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$234,89932%329-152$714$18,975,3739Fox
5Gravity$207,39636%165-10$1,257$255,504,22414Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$205,56624%291-28$706$203,343,9389Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$180,27313%278-25$648$117,513,56715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$147,90052%151-3$979$38,388,81112Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$147,30157%138-82$1,067$7,777,3743Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$135,16646%1284$1,056$16,225,22310Focus
11Ender's Game$94,24622%242-7$389$61,607,68810Lionsgate / Summit
12Last Vegas$87,77733%25736$342$63,067,08010CBS Films
13Free Birds$84,65712%25310$335$54,844,46610Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$74,12827%220-37$337$101,582,92611Paramount
15Captain Phillips$54,01743%105-6$514$104,805,57313Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$50,68544%13010$390$70,472,5358Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$46,05440%13399$346$116,271,15921Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$44,69531%1459$308$29,847,6797Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$42,28027%151-14$280$367,935,59527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$312,81652%470$6,656$2,783,7393Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$57,29941%50$11,460$439,6812Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$34,80950%20$17,405$299,8882Universal
4All Is Lost$22,10255%714$311$6,036,95412Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$21,89637%84-23$261$25,051,35312Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$10,30680%23-4$448$17,492,43716Fox Searchlight
7Out of the Furnace$9,92741%59-43$168$11,181,3995Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,67319%39-14$222$68,513,51222Fox
9Black Nativity$1,99264%15-9$133$7,011,7896Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$1,28918%19-10$68$36,917,13517Relativity Media
11Don Jon$1,1989%21-10$57$24,474,28615Relativity Media