Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 14, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 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 $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 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 an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 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 $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 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 an estimated $8.04 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 $305.93 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 an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 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 $5,315 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 is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fourth and sixth place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 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 an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 6 - Sun, Jan. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Devil Inside$33,732,515--2,285--$14,763$33,732,5151Paramount
2Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$19,868,059-32%3,555100$5,589$169,568,9714Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$13,689,321-34%3,603-100$3,799$157,049,3824Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$11,364,714-23%2,95036$3,852$76,900,6283Sony / Columbia
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,496,913-42%3,425-299$2,773$111,585,3674Fox
6War Horse$8,679,470-40%2,783236$3,119$56,904,6823Disney / DreamWorks
7We Bought a Zoo$8,305,797-37%3,1707$2,620$56,399,9063Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$6,727,740-41%3,006-81$2,238$62,008,0153Paramount
9The Darkest Hour$3,124,316-25%2,163-164$1,444$18,690,6053Summit
10New Year's Eve$3,107,343-51%1,864-361$1,667$51,868,1405Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,472,095-29%1,058-353$1,391$278,415,7338Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$1,358,289-49%1,236-305$1,099$85,561,1957Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$5,478,521405%809752$6,772$10,129,6705Focus
2The Descendants$2,584,137-24%737-21$3,506$43,960,7008Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$1,600,751-35%843-108$1,899$52,630,9087Paramount
4Young Adult$1,281,347-39%830-157$1,544$14,747,8515Paramount
5The Sitter$1,154,859-31%758-590$1,524$28,722,9945Fox
6The Artist$1,120,111-15%1725$6,512$7,097,6127Weinstein Company
7My Week with Marilyn$827,327-11%584-46$1,417$10,458,3407Weinstein Company
8Puss in Boots (2011)$587,390-22%351-38$1,673$146,597,21511Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$303,85020%29542$1,030$77,198,42010Universal
10Happy Feet Two$226,987-43%285-240$796$61,356,5968Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$204,587-15%213-14$961$84,857,54514Disney / DreamWorks
12Moneyball$167,252-18%231-19$724$75,267,10516Sony / Columbia
13Jack and Jill$161,407-15%171-51$944$71,974,4939Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$158,7614%19110$831$34,311,60915Sony / TriStar
15In Time$115,35629%1329$874$37,238,31711Fox
16J. Edgar$110,346-55%152-303$726$36,862,1789Warner Bros.
17Arthur Christmas$102,644-85%280-1063$367$46,440,4917Sony / Columbia
18Dolphin Tale$95,346-37%149-39$640$72,165,81916Warner Bros.
19Immortals$89,374-29%128-100$698$82,851,9139Relativity Media
20Footloose (2011)$74,033-17%131-51$565$51,780,53713Paramount
21The Ides of March$71,199-15%114-29$625$40,962,53414Sony / Columbia
22A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$55,983-43%125-120$448$35,033,75910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Dangerous Method$279,280-7%643$4,364$2,076,1787Sony Pictures Classics
2Shame$210,0595%45-10$4,668$2,366,6696Fox Searchlight
3The Iron Lady$176,374-20%51$35,275$520,6692Weinstein Company
4Pariah (2011)$109,972126%117$9,997$233,4112Focus
5Carnage (2011)$109,33817%153$7,289$530,5254Sony Pictures Classics
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$99,125-11%60$16,521$498,6693Warner Bros.
7A Separation$92,63856%63$15,440$198,0462Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$87,537-2%45-4$1,945$15,327,37040Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Melancholia$87,15538%61-2$1,429$2,675,9139Magnolia Pictures
10Pina$83,02716%30$27,676$384,0683IFC Films
11Drive (2011)$56,208129%305$1,874$34,911,58517FilmDistrict
12The Way$55,496-2%503$1,110$4,266,62814Producers Distribution Agency
13Hubble 3D$36,477-57%183$2,027$30,568,71995Warner Bros. / IMAX
14In the Land of Blood and Honey$32,289241%75$4,613$90,6813FilmDistrict
15Margin Call$31,23432%301$1,041$5,300,73212Roadside Attractions
16The Help$28,247-26%50-15$565$169,556,17822Disney / DreamWorks
17The Skin I Live In$21,663-2%4214$516$3,085,78613Sony Pictures Classics
18Under the Sea 3D$21,171-24%93$2,352$30,358,715152Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Le Havre$19,952--18--$1,108$457,72012Janus Films
20Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,121--9--$2,125$4,493,845873D Entertainment
21The Women on the 6th Floor$19,05559%114$1,732$490,73314Strand Releasing
22Midnight in Paris$15,335-13%21-2$730$56,407,28334Sony Pictures Classics
23Martha Marcy May Marlene$13,77760%151$918$2,932,82512Fox Searchlight
24Take Shelter$11,20124%211$533$1,690,80715Sony Pictures Classics
25Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$10,652--1--$10,652$14,0081Cinema Guild
26Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$9,23380%92$1,026$262,41612Submarine Deluxe
27Like Crazy$7,438-22%15-15$496$3,388,21011Paramount Vantage
28The Conquest$5,805--6--$968$167,9419Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$5,587195%72$798$109,16410Music Box Films
30Mozart's Sister$4,768-35%6-3$795$696,77721Music Box Films
31My Reincarnation$4,74856%30$1,583$62,99611Long Shot Factory
32The Lion King 3D$4,271-5%70$610$94,240,63517Disney
33Inni$4,163741%42$1,041$122,01011Cinema Purgatorio
34Outrage$3,740305%76$534$35,3366Magnolia / Magnet
35El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,732--1--$3,732$206,57224Alive Mind Cinema
36The Whale$3,631125%30$1,210$65,12118Paladin
37The Guard$3,31629%117$301$5,341,47124Sony Pictures Classics
38Roadie (2010)$2,661--1--$2,661$2,6611Magnolia Pictures
39Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,497341%10$2,497$29,48812Zeitgeist Films
40Garbo: The Spy$2,334-14%20$1,167$24,5678First Run Features
41Eames: The Architect and the Painter$2,045-14%3-2$682$141,8588First Run Features
42Blackthorn$1,48032%40$370$190,19714Magnolia Pictures
43The Man Nobody Knew$1,423-20%1-1$1,423$172,31116First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$1,235--2--$618$35,87214Docurama Films
45Tomboy (2011)$1,235--1--$1,235$97,3948Dada Films
46The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$1,171--1--$1,171$27,55618The Film Desk
47Tyrannosaur$1,122--1--$1,122$17,2198Strand Releasing
48Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$943-34%31$314$89,4939Variance Films
49Jane's Journey$73735%10$737$24,48317First Run Features
50Rid of Me$702-42%10$702$10,3738Submarine Entertainment
51Crazy Wisdom$636--1--$636$44,3787Alive Mind Cinema
52Khodorkovsky$564--1--$564$28,2826Kino Lorber
53Amigo$46211%20$231$181,35621Variance Films
54Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$352--1--$352$37,79017International Film Circuit