'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 Wed, Jan. 5 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 5 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$2,801,916-12%3,5246$795$172,874,7832Universal
2The Aviator (2004)$823,693-6%1,7960$459$34,450,0892Miramax
3Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$636,906-22%3,6230$176$97,453,0483Paramount
4Ocean's Twelve$622,897-9%3,2900$189$109,373,4124Warner Bros.
5Spanglish$482,869-12%2,48948$194$32,749,2753Sony / Columbia
6The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou$422,840-4%1,1050$383$16,279,0364Disney
7National Treasure$332,908-13%2,28281$146$155,889,7327Disney
8Fat Albert$323,263-27%2,74470$118$34,925,1822Fox
9Darkness$294,894-16%1,71818$172$17,788,3892Miramax / Dimension
10The Polar Express$256,270-25%2,513-105$102$156,335,7688Warner Bros.