'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 Sat, Aug. 23 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 23 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$6,477,11234%3,35233$1,932$60,889,1942Paramount / DreamWorks
2The House Bunny$5,228,900-12%2,714--$1,927$11,147,7501Sony / Columbia
3The Dark Knight$4,474,91450%3,163-427$1,415$486,348,6016Warner Bros.
4Death Race$4,456,944-4%2,532--$1,760$9,077,4091Universal
5Star Wars: The Clone Wars$2,378,05649%3,4520$689$23,310,8022Warner Bros.
6Pineapple Express$2,081,15924%2,620-452$794$72,082,2333Sony / Columbia
8The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$1,792,04651%2,422-941$740$92,721,9534Universal
9Mamma Mia!$1,757,64933%2,326-445$756$123,236,4706Universal
10The Longshots$1,740,95731%2,089--$833$3,068,0151MGM / Weinstein