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, Aug. 3 - Sun, Aug. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$35,737,330-42%4,242-162$8,425$353,935,0943Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$25,577,758--3,601--$7,103$25,577,7581Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,623,599--3,391--$4,312$14,623,5991Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,609,040-36%3,542-327$2,431$132,071,8994Fox
5The Watch$6,527,915-49%3,1680$2,061$25,541,1182Fox
6Step Up Revolution$5,927,462-49%2,60639$2,275$23,724,6112Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$5,644,680-23%2,767-362$2,040$203,579,9156Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$4,400,315-34%2,425-735$1,815$250,740,6485Sony / Columbia
9Brave$2,986,214-31%2,110-441$1,415$223,420,2547Disney
10Magic Mike$1,414,372-46%1,202-873$1,177$110,928,6776Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,240,083-14%687-166$1,805$40,779,12711Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$1,154,76825%318110$3,631$5,883,5606Fox Searchlight
3Savages$978,635-47%704-710$1,390$46,078,6455Universal
4To Rome with Love$824,223-18%382-110$2,158$14,304,6407Sony Pictures Classics
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$731,828-44%737-374$993$64,142,2536Lionsgate
6Men in Black 3$654,529256%326139$2,008$176,626,90711Sony / Columbia
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$587,512-35%504-304$1,166$210,852,3429Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Intouchables$566,1309%1940$2,918$8,648,79111Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$429,366-17%291-19$1,475$406,697,22420Lionsgate
10Marvel's The Avengers$417,065-19%300-73$1,390$616,768,48714Disney
11Snow White and the Huntsman$316,710-20%309-46$1,025$153,829,95510Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$310,484-7%230-46$1,350$45,014,05514Fox Searchlight
13Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$202,023-63%277-329$729$24,789,0975Paramount
14Prometheus$167,824-18%198-31$848$125,826,9429Fox
15Safety Not Guaranteed$160,998-5%121-28$1,331$3,464,5519FilmDistrict
16People Like Us$127,76813%19732$649$12,242,6076Disney / DreamWorks
17Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$126,848-20%165-32$769$37,014,0757Fox
18Dark Shadows$108,838-62%132-90$825$79,628,02413Warner Bros.
19Rock of Ages$68,229-58%145-157$471$38,452,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Pirates! Band of Misfits$66,732-18%112-39$596$31,051,12615Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ruby Sparks$395,913181%6451$6,186$638,6832Fox Searchlight
2The Queen of Versailles$270,37798%6744$4,035$557,2663Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$205,6668%520$3,955$6,855,60116Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Farewell, My Queen$187,22241%5623$3,343$624,1764Cohen Media Group
5Bernie$130,709-3%97-2$1,348$8,799,90615Millennium Entertainment
6Celeste and Jesse Forever$107,785--4--$26,946$107,7851Sony Pictures Classics
7Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$72,91777%2621$2,805$138,3872IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$63,45912%330$1,923$20,339,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Take This Waltz$55,007-35%51-13$1,079$1,083,8836Magnolia Pictures
10Hubble 3D$42,250-19%132$3,250$33,947,790125Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Searching For Sugar Man$38,74341%74$5,535$82,0932Sony Pictures Classics
12Your Sister's Sister$37,592-25%52-10$723$1,504,4698IFC Films
13The Imposter$35,671194%86$4,459$104,6594Indomina Releasing
142016: Obama's America$34,133-13%104$3,413$192,7564Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Well-Digger's Daughter$32,8935%132$2,530$100,4793Kino Lorber
16Under the Sea 3D$29,88617%92$3,321$32,060,430182Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$29,016--16--$1,814$29,0161China Lion Film
18The Three Stooges$27,495-38%32-7$859$44,297,66317Fox
19Soldiers of Fortune$24,978--50--$500$24,9781Roadside Attractions
20Trishna$24,056-55%23-15$1,046$209,5304IFC Films
21Easy Money (2012)$21,550-2%61$3,592$114,2344Weinstein Company
22Cocktail (2012)$21,288-64%960$222$1,218,6954Eros International
23Runaway Slave$17,47627%62$2,913$47,8135Rocky Mountain Pictures
24For Greater Glory$15,635-57%34-55$460$5,654,16510ARC Entertainment
25Monsieur Lazhar$14,71494%103$1,471$1,967,82541Music Box Films
26Red Lights (2012)$14,613965%1817$812$35,5934Millennium Entertainment
27Neil Young Journeys$13,537-26%14-2$967$136,0716Sony Pictures Classics
28360$12,186--2--$6,093$12,1861Magnolia Pictures
29Klown$11,769-40%1613$736$40,3782Drafthouse Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,246-14%100$1,125$5,885,3021173D Entertainment
31A Cat In Paris$10,95919%142$783$274,08810GKIDS
32Kumare$10,722284%97$1,191$78,2357Kino Lorber
33Headhunters$9,269-12%10-1$927$1,187,26415Magnolia Pictures
34Shut Up and Play the Hits$8,092-65%6-9$1,349$493,3543Oscilloscope
35Elena (2012)$7,82971%50$1,566$196,54112Zeitgeist Films
36Dark Horse$7,703-52%9-1$856$141,6379Vitagraph
37The Magic of Belle Isle$7,498-26%7-3$1,071$78,3935Magnolia Pictures
38Chimpanzee$7,233-48%27-13$268$28,965,45916Disneynature
39Mirror Mirror$6,734-55%39-17$173$64,890,59519Relativity Media
40Hysteria$6,482-25%15-4$432$1,737,72212Sony Pictures Classics
41Darling Companion$5,701139%70$814$787,72016Sony Pictures Classics
42The Babymakers$5,215--10--$522$5,2151Millennium Entertainment
43Mosquita Y Mari$5,070--1--$5,070$5,0701The Film Collaborative
44Where Do We Go Now?$4,932-48%124$411$518,22213Sony Pictures Classics
45I Wish$4,527-33%62$755$141,65413Magnolia Pictures
46You've Been Trumped$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971International Film Circuit
47Sacrifice$4,293-72%3-8$1,431$27,8992IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,25847%62$710$2,541,85822Magnolia Pictures
49Nobody Else But You$3,733973%21$1,867$28,85013First Run Features
50The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$3,138-38%20$1,569$1,123,56120Music Box Films
51Dreams of A Life$3,085--1--$3,085$3,0851Strand Releasing
52Marley$2,929-4%41$732$1,408,10216Magnolia Pictures
53Planet of Snail$2,1276%10$2,127$6,5852Cinema Guild
54Oslo, August 31st$1,98418%2-1$992$71,43711Strand Releasing
55Bonsai$1,905291%32$635$20,04013Strand Releasing
56Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$1,350--1--$1,350$1,3501Kino Lorber
57The Invisible War$1,154477%32$385$50,8537Cinedigm
58Union Square (2012)$1,000-70%2-1$500$34,7034Dada Films
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$90017%20$450$119,82219New Yorker Films
605 Broken Cameras$89223%21$446$63,10010Kino Lorber
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$890-35%2-1$445$67,4758Music Box Films
62Gerhard Richter Painting$863--1--$863$238,35421Kino Lorber
63Lost Bohemia$751--2--$376$20,51864Impact Partners
64Whores' Glory$603--1--$603$30,61515Kino Lorber
65Crazy Wisdom$579-75%1-1$579$86,20237Alive Mind Cinema
66OC87$53012%10$530$38,21311Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Sushi: The Global Catch$516--1--$516$5161Alive Mind Cinema
68The Color Wheel$310-4%10$310$17,00212Cinema Conservancy
69Pink Ribbons, Inc.$299-86%1-2$299$24,78410First Run Features
70Damsels in Distress$268-98%2-15$134$1,006,11318Sony Pictures Classics
71How To Grow A Band$120--1--$120$13,70317International Film Circuit
72FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$45-97%1-1$45$112,67914International Film Circuit