'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, Jun. 22 - Sun, Jun. 24

Wide (1000+)

2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,712,315-42%3,920-343$5,029$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$16,306,974--3,108--$5,247$16,306,9741Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$8,085,630-39%2,919-782$2,770$137,128,3504Universal
6Rock of Ages$7,655,377-47%3,4700$2,206$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
7That's My Boy$7,630,411-43%3,0300$2,518$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
8Marvel's The Avengers$7,177,661-19%2,230-352$3,219$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$5,726,756-43%2,462-673$2,326$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$3,822,803--1,625--$2,352$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moonrise Kingdom$3,394,43052%395217$8,593$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,628,624-29%741-443$2,198$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$624,818-27%414-179$1,509$402,964,54014Lionsgate
5Bernie$487,406-21%220-80$2,215$6,700,3289Millennium Entertainment
6Safety Not Guaranteed$473,11060%12982$3,668$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
7The Dictator$380,964-66%316-803$1,206$58,705,0526Paramount
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$364,296-70%411-805$886$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Dark Shadows$260,447-58%302-378$862$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man$257,67728%23830$1,083$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
11For Greater Glory$245,907-55%160-220$1,537$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$205,925-21%234-43$880$212,901,27517Universal
13Mirror Mirror$155,635-34%222-56$701$64,248,38513Relativity Media
14Hysteria$150,363-47%136-82$1,106$1,387,4386Sony Pictures Classics
1521 Jump Street$148,461-23%160-60$928$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
16The Cabin in the Woods$138,642-20%196-28$707$41,777,29211Lionsgate
17Chernobyl Diaries$137,670-22%240-15$574$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
18The Lucky One (2012)$121,548-43%202-148$602$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
19The Three Stooges$114,004-44%154-47$740$43,656,89011Fox
20The Raven$67,353459%133104$506$15,915,9439Relativity Media
21The Pirates! Band of Misfits$64,445-30%115-34$560$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Teri Meri Kahani$405,926--94--$4,318$405,9261Eros International
2To Rome with Love$361,359--5--$72,272$361,3591Sony Pictures Classics
3The Intouchables$346,708-3%74-3$4,685$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$202,3204%521$3,891$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Your Sister's Sister$201,09484%4734$4,279$363,4292IFC Films
6Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$75,453-44%64-12$1,179$436,7263IFC Films
7Ferrari Ki Sawaari$69,018-71%990$697$377,4482Eros International
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$60,266-20%85-23$709$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
9Born to Be Wild 3D$53,131-5%330$1,610$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$49,6831%181$2,760$33,222,270119Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Lola Versus$46,302-25%50-2$926$203,0943Fox Searchlight
13Wrath of the Titans$45,546-41%70-35$651$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
14Headhunters$38,224-16%31-9$1,233$1,003,4299Magnolia Pictures
15Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$36,979-75%16-141$2,311$266,1472Indomina Media
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,5220%25-10$1,341$1,803,55335Music Box Films
17Deadly Renovations$32,76046%10-3$3,276$146,1463Nocturnal Features
18John Carter$29,654-47%43-36$690$73,058,67916Disney
19The Woman in the Fifth$27,088-18%112$2,463$78,3482IDP/ATO Pictures
20First Position$20,705-22%21-15$986$894,4718IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,200-15%100$1,920$5,701,8541113D Entertainment
22Where Do We Go Now?$16,986-13%184$944$400,7637Sony Pictures Classics
23The Invisible War$16,500--4--$4,125$16,5001Cinedigm
24Jiro Dreams of Sushi$15,946-15%15-4$1,063$2,456,14816Magnolia Pictures
25Under the Sea 3D$15,603-10%11-1$1,418$31,712,864176Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Elena (2012)$14,31645%70$2,045$110,5496Zeitgeist Films
27Footnote$14,246-7%221$648$1,993,44316Sony Pictures Classics
28Damsels in Distress$13,768-13%19-3$725$910,73612Sony Pictures Classics
29Darling Companion$12,748-37%14-6$911$754,07010Sony Pictures Classics
30Rowdy Rathore$11,936-68%9-23$1,326$770,4464UTV Communications
31Bel Ami$11,388-31%131$876$94,0663Magnolia Pictures
32Dark Horse$10,6544%86$1,332$48,2853Vitagraph
33A Cat In Paris$10,483-20%102$1,048$107,2084GKIDS
34Paul Williams Still Alive$10,052252%20$5,026$22,2643Abramorama
35Kumare$9,601--1--$9,601$19,9721Kino Lorber
36Crooked Arrows$9,116-84%25-72$365$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films
375 Broken Cameras$8,731274%65$1,455$41,3614Kino Lorber
38Marley$8,244-63%9-10$916$1,350,83910Magnolia Pictures
39I Wish$7,70537%123$642$85,9597Magnolia Pictures
40Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$7,407-33%1-1$7,407$35,2912Music Box Films
41Grassroots$6,497--1--$6,497$6,4971IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
42FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$6,405407%74$915$94,2938International Film Circuit
43Gerhard Richter Painting$6,352-54%4-2$1,588$220,43515Kino Lorber
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$5,862324%31$1,954$36,1946Magnolia / Magnet
45Oslo, August 31st$5,561154%42$1,390$56,5135Strand Releasing
46Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,555-41%3-1$1,852$123,2107Rialto Pictures
47Hardflip$5,252--2--$2,626$96,7344Rocky Mountain Pictures
48The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$4,714-10%7-1$673$1,095,91114Music Box Films
49Sound of My Voice$3,886-43%6-7$648$405,6149Fox Searchlight
50God Bless America$3,32247%5-2$664$111,6727Magnolia / Magnet
51Surviving Progress$2,155--2--$1,078$47,13912First Run Features
52Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$1,521-39%2-1$761$13,0354First Run Features
53Pink Ribbons, Inc.$1,445--3--$482$11,0344First Run Features
54We Won't Grow Old Together$1,425--1--$1,425$6,4983The Film Desk
55The Color Wheel$1,328--3--$443$12,5366Cinema Conservancy
56The Raid: Redemption$1,240-67%6-2$207$4,103,97314Sony Pictures Classics
57Natural Selection$1,079--1--$1,079$46,63515Cinema Guild
58OC87$866-83%2-4$433$31,3345Fisher Klingenstein Films
59This Is Not A Film$759--1--$759$68,37317Palisades Tartan
60Here$737--1--$737$25,51111Strand Releasing
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$686-26%60$114$104,2867Magnolia Pictures
62Nobody Else But You$6728%31$224$15,9817First Run Features
63The Turin Horse$618-36%21$309$50,84120Cinema Guild
64Payback (2012)$536-77%10$536$16,2689Zeitgeist Films
65Attenberg$498--1--$498$23,78716Strand Releasing
66Hide Away$459-76%1-1$459$25,3755Joule Films
67The Women on the 6th Floor$425-36%10$425$719,60138Strand Releasing