'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, May. 21 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 21 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek 2$28,340,762209%4,163--$6,808$49,285,9871DreamWorks
2Troy$7,148,162123%3,4110$2,096$69,184,0062Warner Bros.
3Van Helsing$2,956,961180%3,418-162$865$92,922,1383Universal
4Mean Girls$2,086,853246%3,05439$683$59,890,2064Paramount
5Man on Fire (2004)$964,302166%2,104-546$458$66,746,6195Fox
6Breakin' All the Rules$819,415213%1,3180$622$7,028,6392Sony / Screen Gems
713 Going on 30$729,223199%2,028-628$360$50,295,7075Sony / Columbia
8New York Minute$343,896215%2,360-646$146$11,664,2873Warner Bros.
9Laws of Attraction$274,32978%1,010-993$272$16,212,9854New Line