'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, Oct. 14 - Sun, Oct. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Real Steel$16,291,655-40%3,4400$4,736$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$15,556,113--3,549--$4,383$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$8,493,665--2,996--$2,835$8,493,6651Universal
4The Ides of March$7,108,846-32%2,1990$3,233$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$6,233,185-32%3,286-192$1,897$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$5,456,730-27%2,840-178$1,921$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
8Courageous$3,305,238-32%1,21453$2,723$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$3,251,884--2,150--$1,513$3,251,8841Fox
10The Lion King 3D$2,792,403-39%1,970-297$1,417$90,536,3185Disney
11Dream House$2,465,220-45%2,172-492$1,135$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$1,811,190-38%1,684-566$1,076$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
14The Help$1,187,684-39%1,267-797$937$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$1,145,159-63%1,282-1729$893$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$1,031,220-53%1,431-980$721$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Drive (2011)$1,116,149-39%703-627$1,588$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$440,526-14%370-145$1,191$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$284,548-30%330-77$862$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Laugh at My Pain$272,941-42%188-60$1,452$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
5The Way$250,734127%10269$2,458$413,8512Producers Distribution Agency
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$238,361-19%273-109$873$175,306,81211Fox
7Captain America: The First Avenger$233,254-25%246-57$948$176,173,78713Paramount
8Cars 2$212,215-25%2653$801$190,785,74517Disney
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$201,41127%311-54$648$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
10The Debt$171,857-31%200-158$859$30,875,2627Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$140,385-5%2082$675$99,968,83112Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$131,606-35%162-60$812$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
13Midnight in Paris$129,387-1%107-12$1,209$55,107,08222Sony Pictures Classics
14Zookeeper$110,995-25%155-43$716$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
15Colombiana$100,691-56%132-113$763$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
16Warrior (2011)$68,436-60%135-184$507$13,572,5436Lionsgate
17Shark Night 3D$40,241-39%115-30$350$18,656,1457Relativity Media
18I Don't Know How She Does It$34,153-66%107-133$319$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Breakaway$223,924-37%31-17$7,223$1,481,7353Alliance Films
2The Skin I Live In$223,119--6--$37,187$223,1191Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$116,302124%2413$4,846$272,5213Sony Pictures Classics
4The Guard$106,717-10%94-30$1,135$4,824,66112Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$97,464-6%490$1,989$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Labios Rojos$73,476--67--$1,097$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Le Bonheur des Autres$71,63222%312$2,311$162,3032Entertainment One Films
8Weekend$68,47239%2410$2,853$258,0024IFC Films
9Munger Road$63,08424%3223$1,971$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
10Machine Gun Preacher$56,848-49%43-50$1,322$412,9944Relativity Media
11Hubble 3D$55,953-3%20-4$2,798$29,214,33883Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Horrible Bosses$54,405-46%85-57$640$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Greatest Miracle$53,824--13--$4,140$53,8241Undefined
14Sarah's Key$45,844-22%86-27$533$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$43,081-39%80-34$539$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
16Love Crime$41,57013%28-1$1,485$413,1367IFC Films
17War of the Arrows$40,685--16--$2,543$40,6853CJ Entertainment
18Rascals$40,155-76%610$658$261,1562Eros Entertainment
19The Women on the 6th Floor$39,98250%148$2,856$84,5042Strand Releasing
20Fireflies in the Garden$36,884--5--$7,377$36,8841Independent
21The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$34,679-30%224$1,576$84,7612IFC Films
22Mozart's Sister$33,53629%285$1,198$370,1029Music Box Films
23Blackthorn$29,72695%2113$1,416$55,0062Magnolia Pictures
24Higher Ground$29,04453%5319$548$741,9798Sony Pictures Classics
25Senna$28,83210%24-7$1,201$1,529,83610Producers Distribution Agency
26Silenced$28,354--1--$28,354$28,3541CJ Entertainment
27Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25,196-22%22-5$1,145$450,3327Indomina Media
28Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$24,857-38%37-7$672$153,5653Magnolia / Magnet
29Under the Sea 3D$22,5375%9-1$2,504$29,925,421140Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$22,483386%136$1,729$618,39915International Film Circuit
31The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$22,38534%124$1,865$195,1306IFC Films
321911$21,537-61%20-13$1,077$108,3482Variance Films
33Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,038-46%38-30$527$68,218,04118Fox
34Seven Days in Utopia$19,260-64%41-36$470$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
35Our Idiot Brother$17,648-37%41-26$430$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
36The Mill and the Cross$17,23625%91$1,915$129,4245Kino Lorber
37Trespass (2011)$16,816--10--$1,682$16,8161Millennium Entertainment
38The Whistleblower$16,68935%23-7$726$1,100,77311IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Circumstance$16,5152%191$869$400,1608Roadside Attractions
40The Man Nobody Knew$15,179102%30$5,060$67,7054First Run Features
41Apollo 18$13,091-24%18-28$727$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
42Limelight (2011)$12,863188%43$3,216$49,3614Magnolia Pictures
43Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$10,752-74%80$1,344$190,9953Nocturnal Features
44Finding Joe$10,28287%53$2,056$30,4883Balcony Releasing
45The Interrupters$10,193108%60$1,699$226,74812Cinema Guild
46Dirty Girl$9,873-45%101$987$38,8802Weinstein Company
47Fright Night (2011)$9,301-61%15-7$620$18,126,2489Disney / DreamWorks
48Restless (2011)$9,213-72%25-101$369$145,6305Sony Pictures Classics
49Texas Killing Fields$8,772--3--$2,924$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$8,45523%13-3$650$678,46812Magnolia / Magnet
51Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,232-21%100$723$4,300,064753D Entertainment
52Thunder Soul$6,997-80%12-25$583$139,6024Roadside Attractions
53Turtle: The Incredible Journey$6,353160%40$1,588$385,02417Hannover House
54Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,162-11%60$1,027$150,5337Music Box Films
55Brighton Rock (2011)$6,015-29%13-10$463$211,8508IFC Films
56The Tree of Life$5,740-42%6-5$957$13,292,16721Fox Searchlight
57America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$5,599--3--$1,866$7,2211PMK*BNC
58El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,156129%74$737$141,78212Alive Mind Cinema
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,92426%20$2,462$235,48717Abramorama
60Back Door Channels$4,824--3--$1,608$8,9895Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Future$4,77121%161$298$551,81312Roadside Attractions
62OKA!$4,461--1--$4,461$4,4611Dada Films
633 (2010)$4,20640%41$1,052$40,6695Strand Releasing
65Margaret$4,153-68%6-8$692$40,3343Fox Searchlight
66Life, Above All$4,13878%101$414$125,61014Sony Pictures Classics
67Happy, Happy$4,124110%42$1,031$32,9725Magnolia Pictures
68Mausam$4,112-85%960$43$725,9664Eros International
69Hell and Back Again$3,5975%21$1,799$11,0572Docurama Films
70The Names of Love$3,363-20%75$480$498,27017Music Box Films
71The Whale$3,183320%21$1,592$23,9476Paladin
72Magic Trip$2,858143%62$476$148,15711Magnolia Pictures
73Puncture$2,619-61%2-3$1,310$61,7734Millennium Entertainment
74Mysteries of Lisbon$2,240-69%61$373$106,83711Music Box Films
75People v. The State of Illusion$2,058-8%10$2,058$42,2026IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
76The Last Circus$1,817255%42$454$37,2959Magnolia / Magnet
77Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,696--8--$212$5,7022Kino Lorber
78Amigo$1,654-55%50$331$144,5849Variance Films
79Incendiary: The Willingham Case$1,418-31%2-1$709$21,8824Truly Indie
80The Tree$1,25313%1-2$1,253$60,43914Zeitgeist Films
81Film Socialisme$1,066--1--$1,066$32,86220Lorber Films
82Bill Cunningham New York$1,0083%10$1,008$1,505,32831Zeitgeist Films
83Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$89611%42$224$1,193,21215Sony Pictures Classics
84The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$685-74%1-1$685$23,1286The Film Desk
85Where Soldiers Come From$567-58%1-2$567$29,2006International Film Circuit
86The Sons of Tennessee Williams$533-64%10$533$2,8522First Run Features
88Aurora$273--1--$273$5,33416Cinema Guild
89Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$235--2--$118$41,03710Lorber Films
90WAR: Women Art Revolution$22225%10$222$51,53020Zeitgeist Films
91A Bird of the Air$205-93%1-1$205$10,1524Paladin
92Chalet Girl$192--1--$192$1921IFC Films
93Project Nim$150-40%3-3$50$399,79215Roadside Attractions
94American Teacher$104-98%10$104$24,4533First Run Features
95Page One: Inside the New York Times$58-98%1-2$58$1,067,02818Magnolia Pictures