'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. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,202,212-32%3,371-326$5,103$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,725,447-41%3,864-116$4,329$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$15,679,190--2,907--$5,394$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$10,810,533-39%3,14046$3,443$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$8,381,509--2,673--$3,136$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$6,485,385-59%3,2210$2,013$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$6,434,240-48%3,0030$2,143$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,317,683--2,894--$2,183$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,339,006-26%1,944-99$2,746$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,803,309-52%2,375-1059$1,601$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Boyhood$1,663,411-17%723-48$2,301$1,632,5497IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,211,276-32%787-177$1,539$6,700,6015Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,076,581-46%733-529$1,469$203,937,5517Fox
4Get On Up$932,595-52%579-522$1,611$28,697,5854Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$853,510-32%433-211$1,971$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$849,796-60%622-853$1,366$69,936,0925Paramount
7Step Up All In$724,072-73%948-1124$764$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$668,855-22%680-107$984$2,221,3093CBS Films
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$570,505-44%589-371$969$56,917,1346Disney
11Calvary$511,49426%240110$2,131$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$500,324-14%353-24$1,417$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$382,45986%28377$1,351$243,822,0629Paramount
14Earth to Echo$306,531238%781627$392$38,034,5728Relativity Media
15The Purge: Anarchy$305,530-52%295-280$1,036$70,711,2456Universal
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$260,94272%302261$864$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Singham Returns$218,164-67%1270$1,718$1,085,3282Eros International
1822 Jump Street$176,499-26%135-37$1,307$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
19And So It Goes$152,398-54%156-206$977$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$146,406-39%188-35$779$232,749,98714Fox
21Tammy$145,820-31%157-119$929$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
22Chef$141,473-16%105-17$1,347$29,517,27616Open Road
23The Fault in Our Stars$135,945-28%185-21$735$124,431,13412Fox
24Edge of Tomorrow$120,757-45%192-69$629$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
25Sex Tape$88,080-73%111-206$794$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$435,128-23%4212$10,360$1,516,4213CJ Entertainment
2Love Is Strange$117,276--5--$23,455$117,2761Sony Pictures Classics
3The Trip to Italy$106,44648%107$10,645$213,7262IFC Films
4Land Ho!$77,48765%5221$1,490$353,9087Sony Pictures Classics
5Frank$55,161244%1211$4,597$86,5012Magnolia Pictures
6The One I Love$48,059--8--$6,007$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
7Yves Saint Laurent$46,350-56%213$2,207$492,2159Weinstein Company
8Jersey Boys$44,457-31%64-51$695$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
9Hubble 3D$43,797-17%8-2$5,475$45,824,150232Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Journey to the South Pacific$43,184-24%17-1$2,540$4,493,05539IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Blended$36,064-48%66-45$546$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
12Begin Again$35,727-36%39-23$916$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$34,892-57%70-48$498$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
14A Five Star Life$32,70357%140$2,336$194,3926Music Box Films
15Rio 2$28,394-58%72-56$394$131,482,65220Fox
17America (2014)$22,54018%7210$313$14,412,5829Lionsgate
18Third Person$22,154137%2414$923$940,27810Sony Pictures Classics
19Jerusalem 3D$17,883-7%110$1,626$5,004,90849National Geographic
20The Grand Seduction$16,147-34%19-6$850$3,366,79913eOne Films US
21The Fluffy Movie$14,713-64%30-21$490$2,820,9395Open Road
22Wish I Was Here$11,607-63%19-35$611$3,560,9456Focus
23Ida (2014)$10,658-10%171$627$3,648,92117Music Box Films
24Under the Sea 3D$10,470-3%3-3$3,490$34,298,296289Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Mood Indigo$8,689-64%13-12$668$247,0266Drafthouse Films
26Jealousy$8,67457%43$2,169$18,6982Distrib Films
27Belle$8,198-24%18-5$455$10,722,99017Fox Searchlight
28Born to Be Wild 3D$7,114-3%3-2$2,371$23,535,103177Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,064-25%17-7$416$111,479,54625Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3050 to 1$6,7853%2-1$3,393$882,20223Ten Furlongs
31Expedition to the End of the World$6,635--1--$6,635$9,4341Argot Pictures
32The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,424-18%8-1$803$59,073,77325Fox Searchlight
33A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,407429%41$1,602$160,57510Big World Pictures
34Abuse of Weakness$4,957-46%54$991$17,1472Strand Releasing
35Life Itself$4,620-39%8-14$578$768,0368Magnolia Pictures
36NightLights$3,982-43%1-1$3,982$11,8682Indican Pictures
37The Dog$3,143-55%11-5$286$36,2353Drafthouse Films
38Only Lovers Left Alive$2,670-13%2-1$1,335$1,864,94420Sony Pictures Classics
39Siddharth$2,491--1--$2,491$59,8089Zeitgeist Films
40Kabbalah Me$2,196--1--$2,196$2,1961First Run Features
41To the Arctic 3D$2,169361%2-1$1,085$14,168,039123Warner Bros. / IMAX
42We Are the Best!$1,99047%30$663$179,43013Magnolia Pictures
43The Olivia Experiment$1,862--1--$1,862$1,8621Indican Pictures
44The Lunchbox$1,830-21%4-1$458$4,218,68826Sony Pictures Classics
45K2: Siren of the Himalayas$1,421--2--$711$1,4211First Run Features
46The Last Sentence$1,364-57%1-2$1,364$60,74210Music Box Films
47A Master Builder$965-74%2-2$483$34,3655Abramorama
48Happy Christmas$885233%32$295$27,8625Magnolia Pictures
49Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$709-42%10$709$66,70328Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
50Fort McCoy$606-85%1-1$606$5,8062Monterey Media
51Ragnarok$522--1--$522$5221Magnolia / Magnet
52The Girl on the Train (2014)$382-1%1-1$382$1,7558Monterey Media
53The LEGO Movie$377-89%7-8$54$257,749,64729Warner Bros.
54Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
55The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$284--1--$284$11,61515First Run Features
56Redwood Highway$101-31%10$101$131,91920Monterey Media