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, Nov. 12 - Sun, Nov. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$29,120,461-37%3,9495$7,374$88,822,6352Paramount / DreamWorks
2Unstoppable (2010)$22,688,457--3,207--$7,075$22,688,4571Fox
3Due Date$15,419,042-53%3,36510$4,582$58,897,3082Warner Bros.
4Skyline$11,692,415--2,880--$4,060$11,692,4151Universal / Rogue
5Morning Glory (2010)$9,203,266--2,518--$3,655$11,809,3211Paramount
6For Colored Girls$6,517,280-67%2,1270$3,064$30,687,4682Lionsgate
7Red (2010)$4,973,539-43%2,878-351$1,728$79,677,3965Summit
8Paranormal Activity 2$2,980,201-58%2,403-765$1,240$81,930,6574Paramount
9Saw 3D$2,862,449-63%1,976-832$1,449$43,580,3103Lionsgate
10Jackass 3D$2,235,457-55%1,607-558$1,391$114,643,2665Paramount
11Secretariat$2,205,163-46%2,019-595$1,092$54,747,0376Disney
12The Social Network$1,770,077-48%1,088-772$1,627$87,807,5027Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$1,318,493-67%1,691-674$780$31,448,8425Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$1,294,110-58%1,239-711$1,044$50,754,7296Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$1,020,65457%175129$5,832$1,919,6402Summit
2Conviction$610,847-62%493-179$1,239$6,022,8235Fox Searchlight
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$520,085-30%1942$2,681$2,821,9323Music Box
4Inside Job$478,76780%250184$1,915$1,566,0316Sony Pictures Classics
5The Town$438,397-62%375-426$1,169$90,626,5569Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$363,09011%273-34$1,330$248,815,41019Universal
7Inception$234,514-26%262-29$895$291,832,59318Warner Bros.
8Waiting for 'Superman'$215,210-46%204-38$1,055$5,891,8798Paramount Vantage
9Toy Story 3$207,778-29%241-23$862$414,638,01322Disney
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$170,047-65%240-500$709$54,362,5018Warner Bros.
11Easy A$162,833-66%197-289$827$57,539,4059Sony / Screen Gems
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$155,691-53%249-104$625$52,147,7898Fox
13The Other Guys$119,256-29%182-53$655$119,219,97815Sony / Columbia
14Takers$101,374-34%176-39$576$57,744,72012Sony / Screen Gems
15You Again$85,543-59%153-130$559$25,258,9918Disney
16Alpha and Omega$71,655-51%123-165$583$24,589,7939Lionsgate
17Nowhere Boy$67,145-53%111-64$605$1,330,9526Weinstein Company
18Devil$64,210-71%120-164$535$33,583,1759Universal
19The Switch (2010)$57,438-30%118-2$487$27,758,46513Miramax
20Let Me In$55,08470%14348$385$12,067,3977Relativity / Overture
21Case 39$30,028-57%106-51$283$13,248,4777Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$438,53966%2218$19,934$811,5282Fox Searchlight
2Golmaal 3$253,586-60%860$2,949$1,027,3552Eros
3Hubble 3D$192,850-1%56-4$3,444$18,078,26035Warner Bros. / IMAX
4You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$103,109-53%75-68$1,375$2,927,9628Sony Pictures Classics
5Stone$74,071-58%87-22$851$1,640,4966Relativity / Overture
6Mao's Last Dancer$56,911-43%55-26$1,035$4,664,09513Samuel Goldwyn
7Under the Sea 3D$50,97318%140$3,641$24,795,60692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Monsters (2010)$48,68070%2512$1,947$122,9193Magnolia
9It's Kind of a Funny Story$44,842-74%67-134$669$6,309,8746Focus
10Four Lions$40,153-3%146$2,868$100,1172Drafthouse Films
11Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$33,99260%104$3,399$136,2025Zeitgeist Films
12Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$29,93176%1512$1,995$54,9322Magnolia
13Tamara Drewe$27,401-47%21-6$1,305$268,0276Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$27,2127%6-3$4,535$760,504,84748Fox
15Cool It$26,847--41--$655$26,8471Roadside Attractions
16Never Let Me Go$24,680-41%32-19$771$2,331,3489Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$23,875-52%25-30$955$3,201,2139Universal / Rogue
18Tiny Furniture$21,235--1--$21,235$21,2351IFC
19Howl$19,209-40%16-13$1,201$484,6598Oscilloscope
20The Salvation Poem$15,981-69%11-3$1,453$431,6105CanZion Films
21Get Low$15,977-26%26-10$615$9,062,45416Sony Pictures Classics
22The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$15,91921%9-1$1,769$639,70015National Geographic
23Welcome to the Riley's$13,500-26%7-3$1,929$100,8813Samuel Goldwyn
24N-Secure$13,089-77%20-85$654$2,592,8085Freestyle
25Enter the Void$11,911-1%81$1,489$272,5028IFC Films
26Jack Goes Boating$10,913-22%343$321$512,1839Relativity / Overture
27Inspector Bellamy$10,316-33%20$5,158$64,8653IFC Films
28Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,3252%30$3,108$23,405,352163National Geographic
29Last Train Home$9,309-20%6-4$1,552$241,32111Zeitgeist Films
30Marwencol$8,8591269%10$8,859$24,4616Cinema Guild
31The Tillman Story$8,364-35%21-3$398$782,60013Weinstein Company
32Waste Land$8,271-4%53$1,654$38,7293Arthouse Films
33What If...$8,240-54%12-10$687$752,43713Five & Two Pictures
34Enemies of the People$8,216765%63$1,369$36,32716International Film Circuit
35Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,926--1--$7,926$7,9261Film Desk
36Machete$7,427-38%19-13$391$26,589,95311Fox
37Wild Target$6,901-37%50$1,380$54,8203Freestyle
38Leaving$6,391-63%5-2$1,278$115,3917IFC
39A Film Unfinished$6,222-60%10-5$622$311,54213Oscilloscope
40Heartbreaker$6,021-58%190$317$473,25410IFC
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,999642%10$5,999$133,66732International Film Circuit
42Boxing Gym$5,583--5--$1,117$25,7684Zipporah Films
43Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$5,073-50%30$1,691$35,3963Variance Films
44The Trouble with Terkel$4,924--4--$1,231$23,10434Indican
45Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$4,908179%30$1,636$527,91828Kino International
46Kings of Pastry$4,2362%50$847$150,4749First Run
47Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$4,0731529%21$2,037$63,07221Kino International
48Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,920-1%41$980$133,47310Lorber
49The Girl Who Played With Fire$3,659-67%12-7$305$7,621,38819Music Box
50Freakonomics$3,447-14%70$492$96,2157Magnolia
51Animal Kingdom$3,437-61%8-4$430$989,76414Sony Pictures Classics
52My Dog Tulip$2,573-63%3-1$858$111,65911New Yorker Films
53Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,477-26%40$619$522,46212Music Box
54Winter's Bone$2,427-43%100$243$6,040,46323Roadside Attractions
55The Taqwacores$2,294170%21$1,147$8,7564Strand Releasing
56I Am Love$2,266-40%4-2$567$4,999,23422Magnolia
57Mademoiselle Chambon$2,153-66%3-3$718$512,65525Lorber
58Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,739-46%10$1,739$6,3892Variance Films
59A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,7070%6-3$285$184,06611Sony Pictures Classics
60Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,426294%53$285$252,58611Music Box
61Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,384--2--$692$341,26325Rialto
62Army of Crime$1,356--3--$452$33,50713Lorber
63Around a Small Mountain$1,287154%10$1,287$31,00519Cinema Guild
64The Kids Grow Up$1,2670%1-1$1,267$9,6413Shadow Distribution
65To the Sea$1,146--1--$1,146$49,17918Film Movement
66Budrus$1,067-47%10$1,067$42,6246Balcony Releasing
67The Concert$997-51%3-1$332$657,19417Weinstein Company
68Eichmann$986235%10$986$2,7063Regent Releasing
69Restrepo$91514%1-1$915$1,328,72521National Geographic
70Lebanon$824-63%7-2$118$361,96657Sony Pictures Classics
71The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$776-59%5-11$155$10,086,09335Music Box
72Piranha 3D$712-91%82$89$25,002,87213Weinstein Company
73Red Hill$689-92%1-4$689$16,3412Strand
74Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$520--2--$260$70,11524Indican Pictures
75I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$323-68%1-1$323$92,4016Anchor Bay
76Shake Hands with the Devil$250116%10$250$5943Regent Releasing
77The Magician (2010)$22-70%10$22$4063Regent Releasing