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. 2 - Sun, Dec. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,535,465-60%4,046-20$4,087$246,926,4093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$11,082,755-62%3,4400$3,222$56,357,1702Disney
3Hugo$7,557,709-33%1,840563$4,107$25,121,1852Paramount
4Arthur Christmas$7,401,736-39%3,3760$2,192$25,343,4872Sony / Columbia
5Happy Feet Two$5,919,390-56%3,536-75$1,674$51,704,5663Warner Bros.
6Jack and Jill$5,356,973-46%3,04920$1,757$64,165,4544Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$4,464,889-50%2,627-50$1,700$75,659,1744Relativity Media
8Tower Heist$3,953,925-45%2,404-70$1,645$70,598,7555Universal
9Puss in Boots (2011)$3,042,241-59%2,750-255$1,106$139,514,4426Paramount / DreamWorks
10J. Edgar$2,308,411-54%1,98575$1,163$32,569,4924Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$570,147100%1,004817$568$73,787,48511Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$515,897103%1,016857$508$40,123,5909Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$4,789,741-35%574141$8,344$17,677,0713Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$1,179,545-33%2440$4,834$3,860,7512Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$985,378-38%710-165$1,388$33,085,3455Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$555,102-28%421-36$1,319$35,850,4956Fox
5Dolphin Tale$315,27870%410194$769$70,714,87611Warner Bros.
6Melancholia$270,335-18%12934$2,096$1,601,9184Magnolia Pictures
7Like Crazy$257,767-39%1522$1,696$2,874,3736Paramount Vantage
8Midnight in Paris$241,434310%305264$792$55,944,59229Sony Pictures Classics
9Margin Call$215,438-27%15011$1,436$4,684,7557Roadside Attractions
10Courageous$212,8982%26554$803$33,036,12410Sony / TriStar
11Real Steel$183,228-45%253-9$724$83,425,0099Disney / DreamWorks
12The Way$178,076-13%16059$1,113$3,623,7249Producers Distribution Agency
13The Help$175,552-44%262-21$670$169,036,25217Disney / DreamWorks
14Desi Boyz$170,511-76%1030$1,655$984,6792Eros International
15The Skin I Live In$156,767-15%11625$1,351$2,649,7338Sony Pictures Classics
16Footloose (2011)$142,667-51%309-75$462$51,031,2348Paramount
1750/50$132,180-33%196-14$674$34,760,17110Summit
18The Smurfs$131,777-45%32779$403$142,500,16419Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$130,883-52%255-100$513$103,442,4447Paramount
20The Three Musketeers (2011)$118,889-48%208-16$572$20,094,4657Summit
21Abduction$94,514-29%151-12$626$27,967,67711Lionsgate
22Anonymous$71,8834%10533$685$4,395,4566Sony / Columbia
23Contagion$71,007-54%155-63$458$75,566,37913Warner Bros.
24Rockstar$4,608-87%1120$41$985,9124Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$349,519--10--$34,952$349,5191Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$211,2653%62$35,211$501,6242Weinstein Company
3A Dangerous Method$119,574-29%40$29,894$412,9372Sony Pictures Classics
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$91,343-48%84-29$1,087$2,732,0117Fox Searchlight
5Pastorela$82,175--55--$1,494$82,1751Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$72,01330%245$3,001$159,5312Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$64,295-28%490$1,312$14,564,38335Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Drive (2011)$60,515-35%86-7$704$34,598,32212FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$43,435-44%84-19$517$176,646,39618Fox
10Take Shelter$42,379-16%545$785$1,507,33810Sony Pictures Classics
11The Rum Diary$38,110-30%639$605$13,018,8996FilmDistrict
12The Lion King 3D$36,687-65%53-15$692$94,124,60612Disney
13Hubble 3D$33,858-52%17-4$1,992$29,932,58890Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Le Havre$21,618-19%164$1,351$267,3487Janus Films
15Kinyarwanda$21,097--7--$3,014$21,0971AFFRM
16Eames: The Architect and the Painter$20,63913%123$1,720$85,7983First Run Features
17The Women on the 6th Floor$19,47313%11-5$1,770$363,9789Strand Releasing
18Into the Abyss$14,494-24%212$690$175,1844IFC Films
19Answers to Nothing$14,262--21--$679$14,2621Roadside Attractions
20Under the Sea 3D$14,185-43%7-1$2,026$30,161,904147Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Tomboy (2011)$13,710-24%5-1$2,742$54,2503Dada Films
22The Guard$13,074-34%17-6$769$5,297,63919Sony Pictures Classics
23The Big Year$11,466-54%25-28$459$7,179,5048Fox
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$10,525-40%154$702$182,5797Submarine Deluxe
25Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$9,7607%61$1,627$51,4694Variance Films
26Sleeping Beauty (2011)$9,207--2--$4,604$9,2071IFC Films
27Crazy Wisdom$9,007-13%21$4,504$26,0012Alive Mind Cinema
28Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$8,910-67%31-17$287$38,528,66616Weinstein Company
29The Man Nobody Knew$8,2781465%43$2,070$148,58411First Run Features
30Cars 2$7,686-73%40-23$192$191,446,62524Disney
31Outrage$6,518--2--$3,259$6,5181Magnolia / Magnet
32Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$6,341-50%90$705$4,411,823823D Entertainment
33Mozart's Sister$6,215-43%10-3$622$628,27816Music Box Films
34Khodorkovsky$6,110--1--$6,110$9,6341Kino Lorber
35Inni$5,774-18%72$825$109,4696Cinema Purgatorio
36Young Goethe In Love$5,71711%52$1,143$65,7575Music Box Films
37The Mill and the Cross$5,67851%62$946$254,45212Kino Lorber
38Blackthorn$5,504150%63$917$169,2309Magnolia Pictures
39Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,99767%5-2$999$832,79722International Film Circuit
40Circumstance$3,960--2--$1,980$445,78915Roadside Attractions
41The Other F Word$3,604-7%2-2$1,802$49,4125Oscilloscope
42Sarah's Key$2,956-71%7-20$422$7,691,70020Weinstein Company
43House of Tolerance$2,767-42%10$2,767$10,8712IFC Films
44Revenge of the Electric Car$2,545-46%2-1$1,273$124,8187Area23a
45America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$2,182--1--$2,182$11,9268PMK*BNC
46Laugh at My Pain$2,038-6%51$408$7,704,48113CodeBlack Entertainment
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,940-71%1-2$1,940$188,17819Alive Mind Cinema
48My Reincarnation$1,902-12%1-1$1,902$30,7976Long Shot Factory
49Tyrannosaur$1,39273%30$464$13,4543Strand Releasing
50Hell and Back Again$1,300--1--$1,300$32,4609Docurama Films
51Higher Ground$1,26227%60$210$834,10315Sony Pictures Classics
52Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,099--1--$1,099$23,2097Zeitgeist Films
53Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$1,017--3--$339$227,83514Music Box Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$980-36%1-2$980$36,73812International Film Circuit
55The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$837-38%2-1$419$30,7943Music Box Films
56The Whale$707-89%1-1$707$55,22413Paladin
57Thunder Soul$279--1--$279$143,98611Roadside Attractions
58Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$277-89%10$277$17,60120The Film Desk
59Rapt$205-59%10$205$45,29422Lorber Films
60The Conquest$118-91%1-2$118$160,1694Music Box Films
61Restless (2011)$18-98%1-2$18$162,03012Sony Pictures Classics