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. 16 - Sun, Jul. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$62,785,337--3,792--$16,557$62,785,3371Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$32,803,660-42%3,50125$9,370$118,434,5552Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$17,619,622--3,504--$5,028$24,708,0591Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,420,480-58%4,001-467$3,354$264,791,8973Summit
5Toy Story 3$11,998,276-43%3,177-576$3,777$362,965,3785Disney
6Grown Ups$9,911,016-37%3,074-389$3,224$129,165,3574Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$7,755,153-53%2,805-398$2,765$115,138,6073Paramount
8Predators$7,016,502-72%2,6690$2,629$40,300,5432Fox
9Knight and Day$3,608,021-53%1,925-703$1,874$69,117,4004Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$2,288,707-57%1,532-926$1,494$169,290,6756Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,093,313-15%446246$2,451$5,084,1865Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$679,533-25%13931$4,889$2,018,2912Music Box
3Iron Man 2$561,74043%36229$1,552$310,018,59011Paramount
4The A-Team$461,023-74%428-808$1,077$75,207,2066Fox
5I Am Love$415,112-17%14029$2,965$2,662,0515Magnolia
6Winter's Bone$347,380-24%12115$2,871$3,064,0526Roadside Attractions
7Standing Ovation$343,125--625--$549$343,1251Rocky Mountain
8Shrek Forever After$280,374-44%240-221$1,168$234,393,5839Paramount / DreamWorks
9Marmaduke$273,980-23%274-109$1,000$32,090,4057Fox
10Letters to Juliet$240,193-29%27231$883$52,129,85810Summit
11How to Train Your Dragon$237,392-25%228-26$1,041$217,387,99717Paramount / DreamWorks
12Solitary Man$181,861-57%146-26$1,246$3,850,7969Anchor Bay
13Get Him to the Greek$174,015-76%287-155$606$60,009,7707Universal
14Robin Hood$174,015-40%226-74$770$104,839,03010Universal
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$170,670-33%112-3$1,524$2,305,9076IFC
16Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$139,396-60%141-134$989$89,317,8528Disney
17Date Night$133,391-29%166-39$804$98,258,66415Fox
18Killers$120,635-55%166-103$727$46,090,7807Lionsgate
19Splice$65,749-50%117-87$562$16,920,1927Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,064,359116%3831$28,009$1,813,8662Focus
2Hubble 3D$284,26111%530$5,363$10,855,30818Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$113,507-2%558$2,064$942,9636Sony Pictures Classics
4Sex and the City 2$100,469-52%97-59$1,036$94,936,6568Warner Bros. / New Line
5Restrepo$96,5113%316$3,113$412,7464National Geographic
6Jonah Hex$92,983130%46-19$2,021$10,192,0145Warner Bros.
7Grease Sing-a-Long$87,83645%219$4,183$225,7632Paramount
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$84,294-44%70-21$1,204$9,512,44218Music Box
9The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$79,827-39%81-29$986$6,023,87714Sony Pictures Classics
10Under the Sea 3D$72,92029%130$5,609$22,969,60675Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Please Give$50,642-60%64-36$791$3,800,86312Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$38,367-17%254$1,535$2,958,98214Producers Distribution Agency
13City Island$36,730-56%49-16$750$6,573,59218Anchor Bay
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$35,440-13%236$1,541$230,4894Sony Pictures Classics
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,992-58%67-63$522$163,192,11416Warner Bros.
16Micmacs$34,849-38%505$697$1,013,6858Sony Classics
17I Hate Luv Storys$32,463-74%35-44$928$826,5613UTV
18Just Wright$30,414-43%56-24$543$21,476,68610Fox Searchlight
19Ondine$17,708-48%25-7$708$457,15520Magnolia
20Winnebago Man$17,7068%53$3,541$39,9512Kino International
21Mother and Child$17,106-56%27-17$634$1,036,65611Sony Pictures Classics
22South of the Border$15,749-33%70$2,250$138,9924Cinema Libre
23Avatar$15,615-58%4-5$3,904$749,701,42031Fox
24Kisses$15,485--2--$7,743$15,4851Oscilloscope
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,059-53%28-23$538$63,916,63218Fox
26The Back-up Plan$12,288-66%25-36$492$37,481,24213CBS Films
27Harry Brown$12,214-57%24-9$509$1,783,70212Samuel Goldwyn
28The Killer Inside Me$11,894-14%9-5$1,322$168,2045IFC Films
29God of Vampires$8,960-33%80$1,120$46,6253Nocturnal Features
30Valhalla Rising$7,905--1--$7,905$7,9051IFC
31To the Sea$7,668--1--$7,668$9,6401Film Movement
32Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,192-64%3-1$2,397$213,8848Rialto
33Stonewall Uprising$7,092-50%6-4$1,182$100,6985First Run Features
34Let It Rain$6,785--2--$3,393$79,7735IFC
35Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,463-26%3-1$2,154$301,17211Kino International
36Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,508--3--$1,836$45,6317Indican Pictures
37Love Ranch$5,378-70%7-1$768$124,2223E1 Entertainment
38[REC] 2$4,815-41%72$688$16,8612Magnolia
39Agora$4,48414%10$4,484$219,6798Newmarket
40Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$3,981--1--$3,981$3,9811Flicker Alley
41The City of Your Final Destination$3,162-63%6-4$527$463,80214Screen Media Films
42Everyone Else$3,093450%21$1,547$78,61957Cinema Guild
43Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,875-75%3-6$958$617,62118Zeitgeist
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,734-6%30$911$23,252,663146National Geographic
45Udaan$2,715--2--$1,358$2,7151UTV Communications
46The Square (2010)$2,695-13%4-1$674$404,89815Apparition
47Holy Rollers$2,686-57%3-2$895$299,78425First Independent Pictures
48La Mission$2,617-88%3-22$872$1,048,03115Screen Media
49Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,528-57%1-1$2,528$36,1014Kino International
50Princess Kaiulani$2,492-55%3-3$831$855,35510Roadside Attractions
51Around a Small Mountain$2,280-57%21$1,140$11,4982Cinema Guild
52Mademoiselle Chambon$2,274-56%2-2$1,137$184,4898Lorber
53The Secret of Kells$2,185-33%6-4$364$686,46020GKIDS
54Best Worst Movie$2,118-68%10$2,118$77,58513Area23a
55The Little Traitor$1,963-14%10$1,963$369,04532Westchester Films
56Sweetgrass$1,823181%1-1$1,823$199,85043Cinema Guild
57Cropsey$1,233-62%41$308$35,4567Cinema Purgatorio
58U2 3D$1,056--1--$1,056$10,336,350130National Geographic
59Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$981--1--$981$47,46258The Film Desk
60The Nature of Existence$972-55%2-1$486$17,1765Walking Shadows
61The Living Wake$930--1--$930$12,05510Mangusta Productions
62Small Change (2009 re-issue)$664--1--$664$30,27634The Film Desk
638: The Mormon Proposition$632--1--$632$99,8515Red Flag Releasing
64Great Directors$533-78%20$267$12,5093Paladin
65OSS 117: Lost in Rio$486-62%20$243$87,06866Music Box
66John Rabe$481-85%1-2$481$52,4149Strand
67Videocracy$478--1--$478$23,02723Lorber Films
68A Town Called Panic$4296%10$429$165,34931Zeitgeist Films
69Behind the Burly Q$362-69%1-1$362$18,65913First Run Features
70Spring Fever$223--1--$223$1,8477Strand