'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. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Transformers: Age of Extinction$37,050,185-63%4,2330$8,753$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$21,577,049--3,465--$6,227$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$9,803,332-38%3,324-102$2,949$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,740,471--3,049--$3,195$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,961,088-32%3,297-453$2,718$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,364,658--3,230--$2,590$13,567,5571Relativity Media
8Jersey Boys$5,155,145-33%2,630-275$1,960$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,874,105-53%1,729-496$2,819$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,660,337-32%1,538-997$2,380$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,743,7537007%1,1051102$2,483$4,062,7212Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,515,113-51%1,865-980$1,349$115,918,6425Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,893,127-43%1,044-970$1,813$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Chef$1,695,6782%686-115$2,472$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$1,256,583837%175170$7,180$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$460,40343%28915$1,593$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$419,108-55%352-398$1,191$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$417,425-47%315-195$1,325$148,039,0559Universal
7Obvious Child$374,447-32%2026$1,854$1,918,5215A24
8Rio 2$369,686-17%311-11$1,189$128,872,81413Fox
9Blended$334,203-44%305-170$1,096$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$332,370-18%251-30$1,324$257,842,26114Disney
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$281,535-50%227-256$1,240$42,264,7056Universal
12Ida (2014)$233,333-12%103-29$2,265$2,865,41710Music Box Films
13A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$220,542--102--$2,162$220,5421Janus Films
14Heaven is for Real$191,964-19%186-25$1,032$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
15Belle$188,738-26%123-52$1,534$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
16Million Dollar Arm$182,805-39%163-110$1,122$35,361,0558Disney
17Divergent$145,082-26%184-26$788$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
18Ek Villain$116,279-72%1040$1,118$684,7002Eros International
19The Other Woman (2014)$96,108-41%142-53$677$83,602,71511Fox
20The LEGO Movie$63,962-56%240-95$267$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,473-36%111-30$464$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Seduction$168,661-29%91-28$1,853$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$149,2043%410$3,639$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Life Itself$131,411--23--$5,714$131,4111Magnolia Pictures
4Third Person$106,37043%3416$3,129$278,3053Sony Pictures Classics
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$100,089-16%72-18$1,390$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$98,049-28%61-44$1,607$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
7Journey to the South Pacific$64,64121%180$3,591$3,557,51132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Hubble 3D$58,54029%12-10$4,878$44,938,115225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Moms' Night Out$51,157-39%96-21$533$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
10Yves Saint Laurent$47,14195%108$4,714$101,7022Weinstein Company
11Le Chef$44,54725%18-1$2,475$120,5863Cohen Media Group
12God's Not Dead$36,204-40%60-30$603$60,720,58316Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Breakup Guru$36,194-42%10-2$3,619$147,3912China Lion Film
14Venus in Fur$29,94720%122$2,496$112,2083IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$29,12121%11-3$2,647$4,617,11842National Geographic
16Only Lovers Left Alive$15,521-21%12-10$1,293$1,766,79513Sony Pictures Classics
17A Coffee in Berlin$15,085-36%111$1,371$82,6764Music Box Films
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$14,66829%42$3,667$56,9283Big World Pictures
19Lekar Hum Deewana Dil$14,418--50--$288$14,4181Eros International
20Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,183-1%85$1,773$35,8362Magnolia Pictures
21Fading Gigolo$11,804-52%12-12$984$3,747,83312Millennium Entertainment
23Under the Sea 3D$11,53865%70$1,648$34,099,549282Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Skin (2014)$11,452-9%12-2$954$2,549,90914A24
25Muppets Most Wanted$10,954-64%41-26$267$51,163,44716Disney
27The Rover$10,147-89%21-226$483$1,024,7714A24
28Night Moves$9,741-37%11-3$886$241,1186Cinedigm
29Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,359-5%232$407$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
3050 to 1$9,350-45%8-4$1,169$785,96516Ten Furlongs
31Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,534-65%12-19$711$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
32Chinese Puzzle$8,077-29%8-6$1,010$316,3238Cohen Media Group
33Code Black$7,978-64%1-1$7,978$52,3323Long Shot Factory
34The Lunchbox$7,949-36%5-11$1,590$4,178,28119Sony Pictures Classics
35Frozen (2013)$7,22639%11-3$657$400,728,42433Disney
36The Railway Man$6,986-58%14-24$499$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
37Fed Up$6,832-72%18-14$380$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
38The Signal (2014)$6,740-90%35-145$193$588,2054Focus
39Under the Electric Sky$6,540-72%90$727$188,9056Focus
40Hellion$5,553-47%7-1$793$40,7534IFC Films
41Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$4,901-27%60$817$127,7437IFC Films
42The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$4,397-80%4-8$1,099$40,8162FilmBuff / Participant
43The Double (2014)$3,958-12%7-2$565$170,7559Magnolia Pictures
44Borgman$3,87347%73$553$44,3335Drafthouse Films
45Ilo Ilo$3,845-24%20$1,923$52,60314Film Movement
46We Are the Best!$3,405-55%12-7$284$156,0806Magnolia Pictures
47Finding Vivian Maier$3,167-57%7-3$452$1,466,91615IFC Films
49Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,7862%3-4$929$41,5248International Film Circuit
50Cold in July$2,764-41%6-2$461$414,6237IFC Films
51Redwood Highway$2,720-49%2-5$1,360$115,12413Monterey Media
52Lucky Them$2,70719%4-2$677$32,8536IFC Films
53Ivory Tower$2,381-88%3-9$794$90,5964IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
54The Hornet's Nest$2,219209%1-1$2,219$309,5519Freestyle Releasing
55Siddharth$1,922-58%10$1,922$10,3622Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Sentence$1,820-82%2-4$910$31,7933Music Box Films
57Jodorowsky's Dune$1,449-65%3-4$483$641,74416Sony Pictures Classics
58The Amazing Catfish$1,203-44%2-1$602$10,6704Strand Releasing
59Filth$1,123-7%30$374$31,8406Magnolia / Magnet
60The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$886-47%10$886$10,0518First Run Features
61Godzilla: The Japanese Original$805--1--$805$144,56212Rialto Pictures
62Bicycling with Molière$73414%20$367$55,92011Strand Releasing
63Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$653-31%1-1$653$61,03221Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
64Born to Be Wild 3D$653595%5-1$131$23,423,237170Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Nothing Bad Can Happen$444-84%2-2$222$4,2862Drafthouse Films
66To the Arctic 3D$401-73%1-1$401$14,143,113116Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Deep Sea 3D$229-28%1-3$229$46,068,008436Warner Bros. / IMAX
68The Girl on the Train (2014)$211--1--$211$2111Monterey Media
69Half of a Yellow Sun$208-63%1-3$208$38,6178Monterey Media
70The Jewish Cardinal$20728%10$207$130,46326Film Movement
71For No Good Reason$121-86%1-4$121$62,28611Sony Pictures Classics