'No Good Deed' Takes in a Healthy $29.9M in its First WeekSeptember 19, 2014 12:43 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed took in $1.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh straight day. The low-budget thriller from Screen Gems starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson fell 11 percent from Wednesday. No Good Deed was off to a very nice start this week with a stronger than expected first place seven-day take of $29.91 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $25.96 million seven-day take of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself and 35 percent ahead of the $22.20 million seven-day gross of last year's The Call.

Guardians of the Galaxy held steady in second place with $0.558 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel was down 5 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. Guardians of the Galaxy placed in third for the week with $10.60 million. That was down just 21 percent from the previous week and brings the seven-week total for the film to a massive $308.49 million.

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out its first week of release with a third place take of $0.459 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. fell 9 percent from Wednesday's performance. Dolphin Tale 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $18.06 million. That is on the low end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent behind the $23.27 million seven-day gross of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Fox's Let's Be Cops was up one spot from Wednesday to place in fourth on Thursday with $0.319 million. The low-budget action comedy was down 8 percent from Wednesday. Let's Be Cops claimed fifth place for the week with $5.85 million. The film was down only 22 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a very solid $74.52 million in 37 days of release.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was down one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.294 million. The crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini fell a concerning 20 percent from Wednesday. The Drop still performed well for the week as a whole, with a sixth place seven-day start of $5.64 million while playing in a modest 809 locations.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 11 - Sun, Aug. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Hollow Man$13,048,132-51%2,9560$4,414$50,305,0702Sony / Columbia
2Space Cowboys$13,016,448-28%2,83530$4,591$39,026,7472Warner Bros.
3The Replacements$11,039,214--2,754--$4,008$11,039,2141Warner Bros.
4Autumn in New York$10,987,006--2,255--$4,872$10,987,0061MGM
5Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$10,223,804-44%3,2514$3,145$93,988,6803Universal
6What Lies Beneath$9,736,350-29%2,92558$3,329$112,004,7914DreamWorks
7Bless the Child$9,413,684--2,524--$3,730$9,413,6841Paramount
8Coyote Ugly$7,847,094-55%2,66411$2,946$25,166,3762Disney
10The Perfect Storm$2,747,779-31%1,938-664$1,418$170,491,8847Warner Bros.