Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.25M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $15.87M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 15, 2014 01:05 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with $24.25 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson exceeded its rising expectations heading into the weekend. Much of the film's success was due to the drawing power of Elba and Henson. No Good Deed was also helped out by the fairly empty marketplace this weekend and Screen Gems has had a strong history with thrillers in the past. The film's opening weekend performance was similar to the $23.45 million start of I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in September of 2009.

No Good Deed opened with $8.82 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.78 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.65 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.75 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (59 percent). No Good Deed received a B+ rating on CinemaScore, which is very solid for a thriller.

Dolphin Tale 2 opened in second place with $15.87 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened on the low end of pre-release expectations and 17 percent below the $19.15 million start of Dolphin Tale back in September of 2011. Dolphin Tale 2 was helped out by solid critical reviews and by the recent lack of family fare in the marketplace.

Dolphin Tale 2 grossed $4.27 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.46 million and fell 44 percent on Sunday to take in $4.15 million. That placed the opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.72 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Like its predecessor (which registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.77 to 1), Dolphin Tale 2 will hope to hold up well going forward. The film's strong A rating on CinemaScore is an encouraging early sign.

After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Guardians of the Galaxy was down two spots to place in third with $8.10 million. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $300 million domestic mark this weekend; making it the first release of 2014 to do so. The 45-day total for the film stands at $305.99 million. Guardians of the Galaxy held up very nicely this weekend, as it was down just 22 percent from last weekend.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles placed in fourth with $4.86 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 25 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.09 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with $4.10 million. The fairly last minute decision to open The Drop in moderate release paid off, as the crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini earned a very solid per-location average of $5,074 from 809 locations. The Drop opened with $1.46 million on Friday, increased 20.5 percent on Saturday to take in $1.76 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to gross $0.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.82 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fifth and seventh place with respective takes of $4.38 million and $3.94 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 21 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 29 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $73.05 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.82 million for If I Stay in 24 days.

On the platform front, Roadside's The Skeleton Twins was off to a very solid start this weekend with $0.381 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $25,379 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 9 - Sun, Jul. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$56,397,125--3,476--$16,225$56,397,1251Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$31,708,438-51%4,4680$7,097$235,370,8152Summit
3Predators$24,760,882--2,669--$9,277$24,706,8821Fox
4Toy Story 3$21,015,958-31%3,753-275$5,600$339,240,8574Disney
5The Last Airbender$16,635,471-59%3,20334$5,194$99,712,7572Paramount
6Grown Ups$15,806,738-17%3,463-71$4,564$110,721,5313Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$7,719,251-26%2,628-476$2,937$61,808,1103Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$5,365,636-33%2,458-651$2,183$164,301,1245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$1,752,421-45%1,236-917$1,418$73,923,5945Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,280,47065%200123$6,402$3,426,5454Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$904,998--108--$8,380$904,9981Music Box
3Get Him to the Greek$711,625-42%442-442$1,610$59,424,0556Universal
4I Am Love$503,008-5%11131$4,532$2,003,0594Magnolia
5Shrek Forever After$502,392-44%461-496$1,090$233,784,8978Paramount / DreamWorks
6Winter's Bone$456,4956%10623$4,307$2,512,4555Roadside Attractions
7Solitary Man$419,338-16%172-4$2,438$3,505,2798Anchor Bay
8Iron Man 2$392,755-38%333-189$1,179$309,237,29410Paramount
9Marmaduke$353,815-1%383-92$924$31,545,7376Fox
10Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$348,308-50%275-325$1,267$89,004,4407Disney
11Letters to Juliet$336,221-59%241-99$1,395$51,726,0649Summit
12How to Train Your Dragon$317,923-7%254-49$1,252$216,893,96716Paramount / DreamWorks
13Robin Hood$287,925-12%300-78$960$104,494,8059Universal
14Killers$268,769-43%269-458$999$45,845,6086Lionsgate
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$255,063-22%1154$2,218$2,000,5485IFC
16Sex and the City 2$208,711-45%156-199$1,338$94,701,6897Warner Bros. / New Line
17Date Night$188,5631%205-37$920$98,002,74614Fox
18Splice$131,698-22%20464$646$16,762,2086Warner Bros
19The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$129,810-26%110-17$1,180$5,876,72013Sony Pictures Classics
20Please Give$125,392-27%100-45$1,254$3,691,42211Sony Pictures Classics
21Clash of the Titans (2010)$84,260-27%130-45$648$163,102,60015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$491,971--7--$70,282$491,9711Focus
2Hubble 3D$255,6113%531$4,823$10,272,71717Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$150,597-22%91-18$1,655$9,335,53217Music Box
4I Hate Luv Storys$123,836--79--$1,568$748,3752UTV
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$115,605-10%4743$2,460$764,7005Sony Pictures Classics
6Restrepo$93,59060%2515$3,744$265,4623National Geographic
7City Island$83,115-21%65-16$1,279$6,498,01017Anchor Bay
8Grease Sing-a-Long$60,759--12--$5,063$95,7691Paramount
9Under the Sea 3D$56,51726%130$4,347$22,816,25574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Micmacs$56,388-7%45-5$1,253$945,2717Sony Classics
11Just Wright$53,480-1%80-15$669$21,416,3939Fox Searchlight
12Furry Vengeance$50,461-47%86-21$587$17,596,25611Summit
13Exit Through the Gift Shop$46,021-26%21-10$2,191$2,890,21513Producers Distribution Agency
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$40,67328%1711$2,393$166,0383Sony Pictures Classics
15Jonah Hex$40,382-67%65-285$621$10,083,2394Warner Bros.
16Mother and Child$38,970-35%44-33$886$1,000,10110Sony Pictures Classics
17Avatar$36,97129%90$4,108$749,657,40930Fox
18The Back-up Plan$36,432-30%61-36$597$37,447,76712CBS Films
19Ondine$33,961-30%32-6$1,061$421,19919Magnolia
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$32,305-24%51-19$633$63,870,49717Fox
21A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$28,805-29%53-57$543$63,059,65511Warner Bros. / New Line
22Harry Brown$28,718-49%33-12$870$1,758,63011Samuel Goldwyn
23South of the Border$23,370-33%71$3,339$111,0453Cinema Libre
24La Mission$22,112294%2520$884$1,034,96114Screen Media
25Breathless (2010 re-issue)$19,788389%42$4,947$192,9137Rialto
26The Last Song$18,889-43%41-38$461$62,933,79315Disney
27Love Ranch$17,945-59%8-3$2,243$109,6612E1 Entertainment
28Winnebago Man$16,469--2--$8,235$16,4691Kino International
29Oceans$15,890-63%35-44$454$19,406,40612Disneynature
30Stonewall Uprising$14,090227%106$1,409$84,9644First Run Features
31The Killer Inside Me$13,862-68%14-3$990$146,4444IFC Films
32God of Vampires$13,44029%8-2$1,680$32,0652Nocturnal Features
33Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$11,57260%90$1,286$608,19817Zeitgeist
34Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$8,716--4--$2,179$266,93810Kino International
35The City of Your Final Destination$8,480-48%10-4$848$456,56813Screen Media Films
36[REC] 2$8,191--5--$1,638$8,1911Magnolia
37Best Worst Movie$6,70496%10$6,704$72,50012Area23a
38Holy Rollers$6,197-44%5-8$1,239$294,07924First Independent Pictures
39Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$5,840--2--$2,920$27,8413Kino International
40Racing Dreams$5,529139%1-2$5,529$55,5898Hanover House
41Princess Kaiulani$5,500-1%61$917$846,7719Roadside Attractions
42Around a Small Mountain$5,326--1--$5,326$5,3261Cinema Guild
43The Oath$5,196--3--$1,732$38,86010Zeitgeist
44Mademoiselle Chambon$5,173--4--$1,293$172,9017Lorber
45Agora$3,944-28%1-1$3,944$213,2027Newmarket
46In My Sleep$3,911--1--$3,911$28,84112Morning Star
47The Lottery$3,4326%20$1,716$46,8205Variance Films
48John Rabe$3,301232%31$1,100$50,0508Strand
49Cropsey$3,281229%32$1,094$33,7336Cinema Purgatorio
50The Secret of Kells$3,247-70%10-4$325$681,17119GKIDS
51The Square (2010)$3,080-41%50$616$400,87514Apparition
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,909-26%30$970$23,245,005145National Geographic
53The Joneses$2,455-7%21$1,228$1,474,50813Roadside Attractions
54Great Directors$2,418--2--$1,209$10,1062Paladin
55The Little Traitor$2,281--1--$2,281$366,10331Westchester Films
56The Nature of Existence$2,184-63%30$728$15,4034Walking Shadows
57Survival of the Dead$1,91457%2-2$957$101,0557Magnolia / Magnet
58Raajneeti$1,726--5--$345$1,514,5576UTV Communications
59OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,288-45%2-1$644$84,28465Music Box
60The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,214--1--$1,214$83,77914International Film Circuit
61Behind the Burly Q$1,174117%21$587$18,27712First Run Features
62Only the Brave (2010)$876-81%10$876$142,0607Indican Pictures
63Only When I Dance$820-62%10$820$4,8372Film Movement
64Kings of the Evening$738-72%10$738$80,12722Indican Pictures
65Sweetgrass$648-69%2-2$324$196,18942Cinema Guild
66Chloe$577-46%2-1$289$3,074,83816Sony Pictures Classics
67Everyone Else$562-83%1-2$562$75,44256Cinema Guild
68Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$502-69%10$502$25,7714The Film Desk
69A Town Called Panic$403-58%10$403$163,18830Zeitgeist Films
70The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$343--1--$343$453,33624First Run Features