'No Good Deed' Takes in a Healthy $29.9M in its First WeekSeptember 19, 2014 12:43 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed took in $1.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh straight day. The low-budget thriller from Screen Gems starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson fell 11 percent from Wednesday. No Good Deed was off to a very nice start this week with a stronger than expected first place seven-day take of $29.91 million. That places the film 7 percent ahead of the $25.96 million seven-day take of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself and 35 percent ahead of the $22.20 million seven-day gross of last year's The Call.

Guardians of the Galaxy held steady in second place with $0.558 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel was down 5 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. Guardians of the Galaxy placed in third for the week with $10.60 million. That was down just 21 percent from the previous week and brings the seven-week total for the film to a massive $308.49 million.

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out its first week of release with a third place take of $0.459 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. fell 9 percent from Wednesday's performance. Dolphin Tale 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $18.06 million. That is on the low end of pre-release expectations and places the film 22 percent behind the $23.27 million seven-day gross of 2011's Dolphin Tale.

Fox's Let's Be Cops was up one spot from Wednesday to place in fourth on Thursday with $0.319 million. The low-budget action comedy was down 8 percent from Wednesday. Let's Be Cops claimed fifth place for the week with $5.85 million. The film was down only 22 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a very solid $74.52 million in 37 days of release.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was down one spot from Wednesday to round out Thursday's top five with $0.294 million. The crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini fell a concerning 20 percent from Wednesday. The Drop still performed well for the week as a whole, with a sixth place seven-day start of $5.64 million while playing in a modest 809 locations.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Dec. 5 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 5 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Samurai$8,389,115--2,908--$2,885$8,389,1151Warner Bros.
2Honey (2003)$4,748,744--1,942--$2,445$4,748,7441Universal
3Elf$2,308,759289%3,119-83$740$133,823,5865New Line
4The Haunted Mansion$2,305,818294%3,1220$739$38,888,5522Disney
5Bad Santa$2,066,430152%2,09186$988$22,196,0982Miramax / Dimension
6Gothika$1,734,558135%2,205-177$787$46,031,4113Warner Bros.
7Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$1,687,374214%3,409-58$495$79,845,1303Universal
8The Missing$1,176,144100%2,7560$427$18,947,0662Sony / Columbia
9Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$1,143,535118%2,344-359$488$69,977,7354Fox
10Love Actually$1,128,668149%1,672-42$675$46,314,1995Universal