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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$17,000,000--2,735--$6,216$17,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,742,000-11%3,330220$4,427$74,007,1063Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,610,000-3%3,4450$3,660$109,561,9184Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$7,756,000-10%3,259-119$2,380$70,843,6704Disney
5Elysium$6,300,000-9%2,539-374$2,481$78,403,7294Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,200,000-44%3,1180$1,668$22,654,1842Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$4,759,494-46%1,5532$3,065$16,568,7282Focus
8Getaway$4,505,000--2,130--$2,115$4,505,0001Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,425,000-16%2,393-337$1,849$54,965,0194Fox
10Blue Jasmine$4,020,7381%1,179-104$3,410$20,487,2066Sony Pictures Classics
11You're Next$4,000,000-43%2,4370$1,641$13,339,7082Lionsgate
12Despicable Me 2$2,700,0004%1,280-122$2,109$354,638,7909Universal
132 Guns$2,600,000-23%1,408-433$1,847$69,309,9055Universal
14The Smurfs 2$1,950,000-29%1,366-486$1,428$66,104,2365Sony / Columbia
15Kick-Ass 2$1,900,000-57%1,638-1307$1,160$26,429,0453Universal
16Monsters University$1,476,000277%1,8891646$781$263,478,31411Disney
17World War Z$1,241,000294%1,2471008$995$200,264,83111Paramount
18Jobs$1,221,000-57%1,302-1079$938$14,485,3203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,500,000--347--$21,614$7,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$2,543,484--870--$2,924$3,055,3301Focus
3The Grandmaster$2,446,0001744%749742$3,266$2,642,0442Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$1,700,000-32%988-461$1,721$127,808,8826Fox
5The Conjuring$1,350,000-34%903-452$1,495$133,822,9107Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,044,63069%385231$2,713$3,386,9095A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$820,000671%958814$856$228,260,81016Paramount
8Turbo$770,00020%438-32$1,758$79,817,4837Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pacific Rim$740,00084%401141$1,845$100,117,0518Warner Bros.
10The Way, Way Back$700,00072%654352$1,070$19,520,5739Fox Searchlight
11The Heat$630,00016%393-16$1,603$157,255,65710Fox
12Now You See Me$368,0009%239-7$1,540$116,965,84514Lionsgate / Summit
13The Lone Ranger$364,00094%254113$1,433$88,430,9039Disney
14Red 2$342,000-1%261-128$1,310$52,088,0967Lionsgate / Summit
15R.I.P.D.$214,0004%1812$1,182$33,017,0957Universal
16Fruitvale Station$188,000-32%294-98$639$15,521,1728Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$328,70016%9217$3,573$1,192,1704Roadside Attractions
2Austenland$215,31293%5230$4,141$444,6793Sony Pictures Classics
3Short Term 12$94,34568%1612$5,897$170,8082Cinedigm
4Fast & Furious 6$88,80069%59-39$1,505$238,660,69015Universal
5Passion$33,757--14--$2,411$33,7571eOne Films US
6Afternoon Delight$28,088--2--$14,044$28,0881The Film Arcade
7Therese (2013)$20,0050%82$2,501$51,3592MPI Pictures
8Our Nixon$5,911--3--$1,970$5,9111Cinedigm