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, Dec. 31 - Sun, Jan. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$25,766,485-16%3,55418$7,250$102,576,1902Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,416,515-2%3,08336$7,920$86,670,3822Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$18,756,973-2%3,365-86$5,574$131,304,8443Disney
4Yogi Bear$12,385,00057%3,5150$3,523$65,755,3363Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$10,252,7758%2,948-584$3,478$86,926,3974Fox
6The Fighter$10,005,06632%2,53423$3,948$46,388,8534Paramount
7Tangled$9,803,09153%2,5820$3,797$167,821,9866Disney
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$9,300,09947%3,089543$3,011$27,454,5062Fox
9Black Swan$8,881,59542%1,55387$5,719$47,807,7915Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$6,625,75923%2,7560$2,404$54,633,1914Sony / Columbia
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,651,69946%1,7320$2,686$283,533,2157Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$4,547,42028%2,4830$1,831$25,040,8943Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$7,775,46373%7000$11,108$22,932,4016Weinstein Company
2Megamind$630,94077%7640$826$144,192,0189Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$524,92159%450-76$1,166$79,468,4868Fox
4The Social Network$464,54366%2490$1,866$93,222,02614Sony / Columbia
5Burlesque$444,23831%3300$1,346$37,733,5616Sony / Screen Gems
6Due Date$424,11912%4040$1,050$99,231,9229Warner Bros.
7Red (2010)$289,72046%303-27$956$89,505,18712Summit
8127 Hours$284,37349%103-42$2,761$10,434,4359Fox Searchlight
9Secretariat$221,59870%247-12$897$59,053,68213Disney
10Love and Other Drugs$205,72966%175-66$1,176$31,267,0886Fox
11Life As We Know It$204,57583%2480$825$52,886,50813Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$170,42067%1974$865$251,203,22526Universal
13Tees Maar Khan$108,273-80%104-4$1,041$1,030,5022UTV Communications
14Fair Game (2010)$96,548-19%109-52$886$9,118,7569Summit
15Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$87,64588%1580$555$55,549,82315Warner Bros.
16Faster (2010)$67,46013%119-4$567$22,856,8706CBS Films
17Jackass 3D$65,89029%1370$481$117,109,41712Paramount
18Paranormal Activity 2$57,16043%1450$394$84,660,64811Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$46,55974%1260$370$30,759,9768Paramount
20Hereafter$37,18568%1280$291$32,712,58612Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$196,64327%68-1$2,892$1,126,3015Roadside Attractions
2Blue Valentine (2010)$193,728--4--$48,432$291,6071Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$142,10065%340$4,179$435,2293Lionsgate
4Hubble 3D$140,11645%470$2,981$20,149,82942Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Somewhere (2010)$138,41616%81$17,302$432,8362Focus
6Another Year$111,869--6--$18,645$164,6541Sony Pictures Classics
7Made in Dagenham$95,385170%5417$1,766$492,3797Sony Pictures Classics
8Casino Jack$80,17164%183$4,454$234,0943IDP/ATO Pictures
9Inside Job$54,91831%37-2$1,484$3,452,01713Sony Pictures Classics
10The Illusionist (2010)$46,41620%30$15,472$123,4762Sony Pictures Classics
11Biutiful$45,293--2--$22,647$64,6721Roadside Attractions
12Country Strong$41,50636%20$20,753$119,7422Sony / Screen Gems
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$40,18356%47-20$855$5,021,30710Music Box
14Under the Sea 3D$38,045176%120$3,170$25,273,46699Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Next Three Days$37,36860%81-30$461$21,129,3487Lionsgate
16All Good Things$30,687-2%20-10$1,534$323,6515Magnolia Pictures
17The Town$23,83050%620$384$92,173,23516Warner Bros.
18The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$21,731-9%150$1,449$672,7969Warner Bros.
19Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$20,276-45%20-1$1,014$215,4305Oscilloscope
20Space Station 3D$19,514--2--$9,757$82,517,449455IMAX
21Tiny Furniture$17,16747%15-5$1,144$286,7078IFC
22Inception$15,33269%280$548$292,568,85125Warner Bros.
23The Warrior's Way$13,43097%384$353$5,569,3015Relativity Media
24Four Lions$11,309182%1810$628$242,1369Drafthouse Films
25For Colored Girls$10,81643%28-11$386$37,676,7749Lionsgate
26The Tempest$10,715-62%6-8$1,786$231,6334Disney
27Summer Wars$8,143477%21$4,072$15,6222GKIDS
28The Strange Case of Angelica$7,499--1--$7,499$10,4331Cinema Guild
29Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$7,18486%4-1$1,796$319,68312Zeitgeist Films
30Kings of Pastry$6,857365%40$1,714$264,48216First Run
31Howl$6,734229%51$1,347$591,81215Oscilloscope
32White Material$5,5229%4-5$1,381$246,3287IFC
33My Dog Tulip$5,340--3--$1,780$151,25818New Yorker Films
34The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,645177%30$1,548$694,29822National Geographic
35You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,374-30%4-3$1,094$3,229,58615Sony Pictures Classics
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,0152%20$2,008$23,483,601170National Geographic
37Night Catches Us$3,45950%4-1$865$54,9145Magnolia
38Tamara Drewe$3,39024%140$242$526,63913Sony Pictures Classics
39The Legend of Pale Male$2,879--2--$1,440$38,0836Balcony
40The Salvation Poem$2,56741%10$2,567$493,47012CanZion Films
41Shoah$2,514-10%10$2,514$15,6424IFC
42Feed the Fish$2,463826%10$2,463$84,0857Strand
43The Red Chapel$2,459--1--$2,459$3,5391Lorber Films
44Nenette$2,18085%10$2,180$6,0262Kino International
45Carlos$2,170-16%20$1,085$135,52612IFC
46Winter's Bone$2,06078%2-3$1,030$6,245,50830Roadside Attractions
47Hadewijch$1,688-11%21$844$4,6032IFC Films
48Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,68048%40$420$170,8299Magnolia
49Animal Kingdom$1,636-19%2-3$818$1,016,41721Sony Pictures Classics
50Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,620-60%10$1,620$7,5782Saint Juste International
51Red Hill$1,521--2--$761$18,2249Strand
52Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$1,445--1--$1,445$33,4588Film Desk
53Get Low$1,3253%3-2$442$9,111,48823Sony Pictures Classics
54Waste Land$937--1--$937$101,76310Arthouse Films
55The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$796119%21$398$10,093,35842Music Box
56Sweetgrass$745--1--$745$207,47367Cinema Guild
57Bhutto$665-69%1-2$665$34,9635First Run Features
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$442--1--$442$73,84928Kino International
59The Girl Who Played With Fire$21977%32$73$7,635,69426Music Box
60William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$185-18%10$185$32,6087Oscilloscope
61Picture Me$161--1--$161$11,84816Strand
62Mesrine: Killer Instinct$159148%10$159$533,47919Music Box
63Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$153--2--$77$262,25318Music Box