'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, Jan. 12 - Sun, Jan. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Stomp the Yard$21,833,806--2,051--$10,645$21,833,8061Sony / Screen Gems
2Night at the Museum$17,161,909-28%3,612--$4,751$185,821,7774Fox
3The Pursuit of Happyness$8,902,448-31%3,169142$2,809$136,278,9165Sony / Columbia
4Dreamgirls$8,361,412-3%1,9071055$4,385$65,206,6773Paramount / DreamWorks
5Freedom Writers$7,324,963-22%2,179819$3,362$18,648,4842Paramount
6Alpha Dog$6,412,055--1,289--$4,974$6,412,0551Universal
7Children of Men$6,371,036-38%1,508299$4,225$21,338,7522Universal
9Arthur and the Invisibles$4,294,286--2,247--$1,911$4,294,2863MGM (Weinstein)
10Charlotte's Web (2006)$3,787,234-43%2,513-790$1,507$72,170,9615Paramount