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, Dec. 20 - Sun, Dec. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$31,505,278-57%3,92825$8,021$127,550,6952Warner Bros. / New Line
2Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,232,425--3,507--$7,480$39,456,0681Paramount
3Frozen (2013)$19,642,107-13%3,540-176$5,549$192,034,1175Disney
4American Hustle$19,106,9332480%2,5072501$7,621$20,220,3012Sony / Columbia
5Saving Mr. Banks$9,344,3812161%2,1102095$4,429$9,969,8672Disney
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$8,764,479-36%2,949-614$2,972$371,718,2755Lionsgate
7Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$8,384,980-48%2,1940$3,822$28,155,2572Lionsgate
8Walking With Dinosaurs$7,091,938--3,231--$2,195$7,091,9381Fox
9Thor: The Dark World$1,341,763-52%1,116-1148$1,202$200,779,8717Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dhoom 3$3,423,508--239--$14,324$3,423,5081Yash Raj Films
2Philomena$1,210,637-33%738-97$1,640$13,322,1895Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,081,364203%148133$7,307$2,132,5143CBS Films
4The Book Thief$753,408-57%680-478$1,108$16,596,9977Fox
5Nebraska$565,103-38%31060$1,823$4,370,4696Paramount Vantage
6Homefront$526,672-69%675-1427$780$19,783,7774Open Road
7Delivery Man$486,339-75%663-1378$734$29,279,2255Disney / DreamWorks
8Gravity$431,497-42%302-201$1,429$253,567,28212Warner Bros.
9The Best Man Holiday$393,120-63%351-571$1,120$69,794,4356Universal
10Dallas Buyers Club$382,846-67%330-244$1,160$15,156,1228Focus
1112 Years a Slave$370,090-49%301-196$1,230$37,080,31610Fox Searchlight
12Out of the Furnace$327,165-87%728-1373$449$10,928,3053Relativity Media
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$296,419191%313138$947$115,740,19613Sony / Columbia
14Last Vegas$251,084-59%333-393$754$62,244,7658CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$193,165-28%278-178$695$100,850,0519Paramount
16Captain Phillips$140,388-52%172-151$816$104,287,64011Sony / Columbia
17Ender's Game$106,077-50%187-144$567$60,724,6538Lionsgate / Summit
18Despicable Me 2$98,505-32%197-26$500$367,504,16025Universal
19Free Birds$68,631-32%184-99$373$54,090,4648Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$64,032-32%138-29$464$24,834,08210Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$260,382--6--$43,397$364,6401Warner Bros.
2Personal Tailor$112,224--9--$12,469$112,2241China Lion Film
3The Great Beauty$68,428-21%424$1,629$650,9466Janus Films
4All Is Lost$48,545-70%83-180$585$5,840,56910Roadside Attractions
5Hubble 3D$41,55390%12-2$3,463$41,605,388197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6About Time$41,225-57%97-46$425$15,294,5538Universal
7The Christmas Candle$35,554-61%67-123$531$2,209,4796EchoLight Studios
8Black Nativity$34,933-76%63-197$554$6,967,5034Fox Searchlight
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$31,169-49%31-27$1,005$1,962,1029IFC Films
10The Past$29,270--3--$9,757$29,2701Sony Pictures Classics
11Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$29,231-17%40$7,308$292,9934Weinstein Company
12Space Station 3D$29,06880%61$4,845$89,625,010610IMAX
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,854-40%85-38$316$68,419,95020Fox
14Enough Said$24,262-45%42-30$578$17,409,12514Fox Searchlight
15Blue Jasmine$22,420-78%26-276$862$32,971,78222Sony Pictures Classics
16Kill Your Darlings$19,790-31%20-20$990$913,48110Sony Pictures Classics
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,412-41%43-18$358$116,129,27519Weinstein Company
18Don Jon$12,084-62%32-60$378$24,456,51313Relativity Media
19The Saratov Approach$11,143-8%20-1$557$1,485,23411Purdie Distribution
20The Armstrong Lie$8,118-73%16-30$507$316,9767Sony Pictures Classics
21Wadjda$6,289-45%15-4$419$1,380,90215Sony Pictures Classics
22The Counselor$6,181-62%24-36$258$16,940,0729Fox
23Go for Sisters$5,114--6--$852$55,9637Variance Films
24The Family (2013)$5,033-65%29-27$174$36,901,97215Relativity Media
25Journey to the South Pacific$4,94599%32$1,648$25,9724IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,955-64%8-7$494$112,7625IFC Films
27The Punk Singer$3,868-65%15-5$258$101,6774IFC Films
28Breakfast with Curtis$3,142--2--$1,571$6,6293Abramorama / Bond 360
29To the Arctic 3D$3,128-51%80$391$13,709,64388Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Narco Cultura$3,109-86%7-22$444$144,4055Cinedigm
3120 Feet from Stardom$2,916-76%10-22$292$4,804,15028RADiUS-TWC
32Under the Sea 3D$2,751113%5-1$550$33,689,732254Warner Bros. / IMAX
33The Selfish Giant$2,589--2--$1,295$2,5891IFC Films
34Deep Sea 3D$2,37619%20$1,188$46,002,555408Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Muscle Shoals$2,306-44%9-2$256$663,06513Magnolia Pictures
36Oldboy (2013)$2,208-93%21-130$105$2,181,2904FilmDistrict
37God Loves Uganda$2,041--2--$1,021$47,99111Variance Films
38Maidentrip$1,622--1--$1,622$1,6221First Run Features
39Faust$1,54531%3-2$515$39,5856Leisure Time Features
40Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,260-59%2-3$630$24,2418International Film Circuit
41The Act of Killing$1,058-80%2-3$529$457,94823Drafthouse Films
42Austenland$877-69%5-7$175$2,151,20219Sony Pictures Classics
43When Comedy Went to School$602252%1-1$602$232,01521International Film Circuit
44Here Comes the Devil$444-43%1-1$444$1,9322Magnolia / Magnet
45Terms and Conditions May Apply$410--1--$410$55,59424Variance Films
46Inequality for All$352-87%2-9$176$1,190,95013RADiUS-TWC
47The Last Days on Mars$302-96%1-12$302$21,6073Magnolia / Magnet
48Born to Be Wild 3D$116-48%40$29$23,112,144142Warner Bros. / IMAX