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, Oct. 26 - Sun, Oct. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$12,085,059-27%2,855-392$4,233$60,510,3473Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$9,612,247--2,008--$4,787$9,612,2471Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$9,444,014-27%3,276-108$2,883$130,380,3555Sony / Columbia
4Paranormal Activity 4$8,510,186-71%3,4120$2,494$42,467,5512Paramount
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$8,023,036--2,933--$2,735$8,023,0361Open Road
6Taken 2$7,716,732-42%2,995-494$2,577$117,105,5774Fox
7Here Comes the Boom$5,210,024-38%2,491-523$2,092$30,320,4963Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$5,133,486-55%2,5412$2,020$19,452,1772Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$4,996,099-43%2,347-195$2,129$39,441,0543Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$4,101,017--3,014--$1,361$4,101,0171Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$3,948,025-42%1,999-661$1,975$51,300,2585Universal
12Frankenweenie$2,456,350-43%1,738-624$1,413$31,798,7574Disney
13Chasing Mavericks$2,268,274--2,002--$1,133$2,268,2741Fox
14Looper$2,100,527-50%1,189-1034$1,767$61,513,8335Sony / TriStar
15Seven Psychopaths$1,498,350-54%1,003-477$1,494$11,959,8583CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,449,493-33%736-9$1,969$11,257,1726Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$332,483-60%290-461$1,146$38,555,9946Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$304,653-58%420-505$725$34,660,2276Warner Bros.
4Brave$293,876-30%257-20$1,143$235,457,53819Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$263,856-27%291-54$907$447,158,35415Warner Bros.
6The Master$258,270-50%201-211$1,285$15,208,6527Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$243,502133%280112$870$54,933,03211Focus
8House at the End of the Street$174,500-63%302-444$578$31,055,2576Relativity Media
9Arbitrage$168,009-41%125-44$1,344$7,341,2727Roadside Attractions
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$140,747-27%192-30$733$160,255,73216Fox
11Searching For Sugar Man$137,728-30%114-23$1,208$2,192,64014Sony Pictures Classics
12The Bourne Legacy$131,735-21%191-41$690$113,001,84012Universal
13Student of the Year$130,985-60%1060$1,236$548,6912Eros International
14The Campaign$130,639280%222148$588$86,581,91612Warner Bros.
15Resident Evil: Retribution$122,04721%19840$616$42,119,6787Sony / Screen Gems
16The Expendables 2$112,946150%17886$635$84,705,40411Lionsgate
17Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$92,299-85%147-798$628$3,206,3533Atlas Distribution
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$64,587-37%116-33$557$48,658,66213Fox
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$59,441-43%115-79$517$50,714,38011Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$217,35392%2016$10,868$376,9962Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$125,691--40--$3,142$125,6911Cohen Media Group
3The Thieves$105,652-31%225$4,802$532,6993Well Go USA
4Chakravyuh$97,896--79--$1,239$111,3521Eros International
5Samsara$95,202-34%67-3$1,421$2,179,67510Oscilloscope
6The Paperboy$89,327-20%762$1,175$538,3524Millennium Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$80,950-9%520$1,557$9,408,02028Warner Bros. / IMAX
8English Vinglish$70,376-61%880$800$1,779,6284Eros International
9Finding Nemo 3D$61,382-60%78-105$787$40,496,2197Disney
10Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$57,232-22%26-1$2,201$653,7106IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Tai Chi Zero$41,410-51%23-8$1,800$158,9992Variance / Well Go USA
12Smashed$39,592-11%211$1,885$145,1053Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$36,992-18%48-12$771$12,885,03123Weinstein Company
14The Flat$36,82285%97$4,091$70,9682IFC Films
15Born to Be Wild 3D$35,93614%300$1,198$21,149,64482Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Possession$33,532-42%82-51$409$48,879,9979Lionsgate
17Hubble 3D$29,608-22%150$1,974$34,844,477137Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Simon and the Oaks$29,22526%147$2,088$75,3183The Film Arcade
19Lawless$28,950-66%96-88$302$37,338,0499Weinstein Company
20Brooklyn Castle$26,62842%86$3,329$50,5002Producers Distribution Agency
21Middle of Nowhere (2012)$26,360-48%243$1,098$163,1613AFFRM
22Sleepwalk With Me$25,945-29%32-13$811$2,218,64710IFC Films
23District of Corruption$25,086--3--$8,362$25,0861Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The House I Live In$22,31449%128$1,860$107,9224Abramorama
25Dredd 3D$21,661-80%72-88$301$13,401,6836Lionsgate
26The Big Picture (2012)$17,81918%60$2,970$61,7113MPI Media
27El Milagro de Marcelino Pan y Vino$17,095--1--$17,095$17,0951Gigapix Releasing
28Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story$16,011--1--$16,011$16,0111Dutchmen Films
29The Loneliest Planet$15,689--2--$7,845$15,6891IFC Films
30Liberal Arts$14,44314%202$722$280,6707IFC Films
31Won't Back Down$14,212-68%65-103$219$5,264,0935Fox
32The Waiting Room$13,537-54%40$3,384$102,8605International Film Circuit
33The Other Dream Team$11,641-45%141$832$119,6535The Film Arcade
34Hating Breitbart$10,994-73%40$2,749$54,0662Rocky Mountain Pictures
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,012-40%121$834$62,1294Oscilloscope
36Moonrise Kingdom$9,547-51%15-14$636$45,507,86523Focus
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,396-46%20-8$470$11,204,34718Fox Searchlight
38V/H/S$9,23174%193$486$87,6294Magnolia / Magnet
39Somewhere Between$8,420-63%60$1,403$107,84610Long Shot Factory
40Robot & Frank$7,845-50%24-10$327$3,255,61011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Keep the Lights On$7,51619%5-4$1,503$218,0838Music Box Films
42All Together$7,327-43%7-3$1,047$23,2622Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
43The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,257-15%6-3$1,210$343,63615Kino Lorber
44Orchestra of Exiles$6,719--1--$6,719$6,7191First Run Features
45Chicken With Plums$6,08050%111$553$226,77011Sony Pictures Classics
46War of the Buttons (2012)$5,399-69%8-27$675$38,6613Weinstein Company
47Nobody Walks$5,372-26%75$767$15,5322Magnolia Pictures
48To Rome with Love$5,313-45%11-21$483$16,677,74619Sony Pictures Classics
49The Queen of Versailles$5,035-34%8-5$629$2,380,93315Magnolia Pictures
50Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$5,027-45%3-3$1,676$48,7684Rainbow Releasing
51The Revisionaries$4,839--3--$1,613$12,6364Kino Lorber
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$4,338--4--$1,085$56,3664Roadside Attractions
53Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$4,201-34%104$420$31,9564Drafthouse Films
54Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,153--1--$4,153$12,6863Cohen Media Group
55Celeste and Jesse Forever$3,88670%150$259$3,087,50313Sony Pictures Classics
56Under the Sea 3D$3,858-39%51$772$32,410,500194Warner Bros. / IMAX
57You've Been Trumped$3,188486%2-1$1,594$23,59213International Film Circuit
58How To Survive A Plague$2,979-68%9-5$331$118,4906IFC Films
592 Days In New York$2,916-13%72$417$626,23112Magnolia Pictures
60The Oranges$2,892-82%5-10$578$364,8754IDP/ATO Pictures
61Compliance$1,922-26%8-3$240$318,62211Magnolia Pictures
62Least Among Saints$1,714-65%4-4$429$25,3203Brainstorm Media
63Bringing Up Bobby$1,68082%2-2$840$4,7585Monterey Media
64Gayby$1,670-13%10$1,670$11,0703The Film Collaborative
65Trade of Innocents$1,295298%32$432$13,6494Monterey Media
66Death by China$1,257--1--$1,257$32,01811Area23a
67Unforgivable$1,052-32%20$526$153,78518Strand Releasing
68Step Up to the Plate$808-26%21$404$37,6177Cinema Guild
69Husbands In Goa$600-37%1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
70The Eye of the Storm$368-91%1-1$368$82,0718Sycamore Entertainment
71Kumare$300--1--$300$125,36519Kino Lorber
72Barfi!$228-98%1-9$228$2,804,8747UTV Communications
73Meet The Fokkens$182--1--$182$27,59912Kino Lorber
74The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$86--1--$86$861Strand Releasing
75Girl Model$73-70%10$73$20,8088First Run Features