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, Jul. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$160,887,295--4,404--$36,532$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$20,416,978-56%3,8865$5,254$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$10,887,111-69%3,753-565$2,901$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$10,011,610-55%3,214-89$3,115$180,431,4254Universal
5Brave$6,024,987-46%2,899-493$2,078$208,774,1735Disney
6Magic Mike$4,291,432-52%2,606-484$1,647$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
7Savages$3,398,880-64%2,336-299$1,455$40,055,0753Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,253,074-60%1,540-464$1,463$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,350,946-63%1,261-1024$1,071$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,148,494-70%1,123-1609$1,023$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,831,471-51%895-29$2,046$36,087,9599Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,420,891-42%552-192$2,574$11,107,9935Sony Pictures Classics
3Dark Shadows$1,209,814433%412173$2,936$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$763,443-3%12948$5,918$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
5Marvel's The Avengers$620,411-56%495-252$1,253$615,058,42512Disney
6Snow White and the Huntsman$427,405-58%409-268$1,045$152,589,3158Universal
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$416,791-36%288-54$1,447$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
8Prometheus$310,395-68%312-247$995$125,113,4897Fox
9Rock of Ages$282,9454%32267$879$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Men in Black 3$260,264-70%266-231$978$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$184,370-76%266-389$693$36,485,3915Fox
12The Hunger Games$182,237-35%190-22$959$405,227,71118Lionsgate
13People Like Us$164,645-79%227-734$725$11,814,2854Disney / DreamWorks
14Bernie$161,686-25%1041$1,555$8,368,79413Millennium Entertainment
15Safety Not Guaranteed$157,160-54%124-58$1,267$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
16Battleship$125,565-48%172-56$730$64,996,17510Universal
17The Pirates! Band of Misfits$114,019-35%189-43$603$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
18What to Expect When You're Expecting$113,425-36%192-29$591$40,954,15810Lionsgate
19Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$86,005-40%167-1$515$213,949,50521Universal
20The Dictator$47,796-54%105-56$455$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$313,547-12%918$3,446$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$187,486-10%520$3,606$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cocktail (2012)$172,174-73%960$1,793$1,027,1212Eros International
4Take This Waltz$131,654-11%6921$1,908$833,6344Magnolia Pictures
5That's My Boy$71,942-77%84-88$856$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
6Bol Bachchan$70,192-69%46-52$1,526$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
7Your Sister's Sister$66,690-57%65-36$1,026$1,356,6646IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$61,3433%330$1,859$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$53,445-49%53-19$1,008$44,160,31215Fox
10The Queen of Versailles$51,326--3--$17,109$51,3261Magnolia Pictures
11Hubble 3D$49,604-22%13-1$3,816$33,726,544123Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Trishna$42,03344%1613$2,627$84,6672IFC Films
13Chimpanzee$41,816-28%80-39$523$28,898,72014Disneynature
142016: Obama's America$33,1825%43$8,296$80,1342Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Mirror Mirror$28,945-43%59-32$491$64,829,63717Relativity Media
16Under the Sea 3D$23,681-15%8-2$2,960$31,933,976180Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Hysteria$22,94675%357$656$1,698,19310Sony Pictures Classics
18For Greater Glory$22,423-59%33-9$679$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
19Damsels in Distress$20,980261%5950$356$970,11516Sony Pictures Classics
20Headhunters$17,209-3%17-3$1,012$1,152,23013Magnolia Pictures
21Neil Young Journeys$17,2014%112$1,564$84,0954Sony Pictures Classics
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$15,939-37%100$1,594$5,833,5011153D Entertainment
23The Magic of Belle Isle$15,58569%7-1$2,226$46,4883Magnolia Pictures
24Easy Money (2012)$14,665-41%20$7,333$52,0512Weinstein Company
25A Cat In Paris$13,514-22%180$751$231,2818GKIDS
26Dark Horse$12,818106%104$1,282$101,4887Vitagraph
27Elena (2012)$11,999-6%71$1,714$175,23310Zeitgeist Films
28Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$10,920--1--$10,920$10,9201Tribeca Film
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$10,273--3--$3,424$10,2731Kino Lorber
30The Imposter$10,202-54%10$10,202$41,7432Indomina Releasing
31Where Do We Go Now?$9,160-33%12-1$763$491,62511Sony Pictures Classics
32Unforgivable$9,05844%3-1$3,019$90,4474Strand Releasing
3330 Beats$8,624--15--$575$8,6241Roadside Attractions
34Monsieur Lazhar$8,569-47%8-2$1,071$1,935,45239Music Box Films
35The Obama Effect$7,122-92%21-4$339$103,9612ARC Entertainment
36Ballplayer: Pelotero$5,784-72%5-5$1,157$35,8652Strand Releasing
37The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,514182%1-2$5,514$1,110,67718Music Box Films
38Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,967-51%5-3$993$2,527,41920Magnolia Pictures
39The Invisible War$4,950198%43$1,238$47,9125Cinedigm
40Crazy Wisdom$3,64524%21$1,823$78,31035Alive Mind Cinema
41Red Lights (2012)$2,648-74%20$1,324$17,1562Millennium Entertainment
42Union Square (2012)$2,527-82%2-2$1,264$26,8902Dada Films
43Darling Companion$2,460513%62$410$776,97914Sony Pictures Classics
44Oslo, August 31st$2,341--1--$2,341$65,5529Strand Releasing
45I Wish$2,285-46%52$457$124,76711Magnolia Pictures
46Kumare$2,234-57%20$1,117$59,6705Kino Lorber
47Bel Ami$2,08447%1-1$2,084$117,2107Magnolia Pictures
48Marley$1,971-45%2-4$986$1,393,49014Magnolia Pictures
49Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,76914%21$885$114,87317New Yorker Films
50Gerhard Richter Painting$1,557-29%10$1,557$237,49119Kino Lorber
51Paul Williams Still Alive$1,187221%10$1,187$35,1907Abramorama
52Elles$1,151-78%3-2$384$153,86013Kino Lorber
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,114-33%40$279$54,26910Magnolia / Magnet
54Hide Away$1,044--1--$1,044$29,6049Joule Films
55China Heavyweight$1,007-14%43$252$8,0793Zeitgeist Films
56Pink Ribbons, Inc.$815320%20$408$19,7048First Run Features
57The Salt of Life$781-53%10$781$315,30721Zeitgeist Films
58Alps$780-70%1-1$780$4,9922Kino Lorber
59Runaway Slave$745-85%10$745$11,5933Rocky Mountain Pictures
60Payback (2012)$730--1--$730$17,28913Zeitgeist Films
61The Color Wheel$525-20%21$263$15,67210Cinema Conservancy
62Nobody Else But You$350-80%1-2$350$24,62511First Run Features
63FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$231-52%20$116$109,76212International Film Circuit
64Crazy Eyes$84-93%1-1$84$6,1063Strand Releasing