'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, Aug. 14 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 14 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1District 9$14,163,588--3,049--$4,645$14,163,5881Sony / TriStar
2The Time Traveler's Wife$7,720,050--2,988--$2,584$7,720,0501Warner Bros. / New Line
3G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$7,023,44461%4,0070$1,753$83,275,3172Paramount
4Julie & Julia$3,649,86336%2,3540$1,550$34,936,7122Sony / Columbia
6The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard$2,070,103--1,838--$1,126$2,070,1031Paramount Vantage
7The Ugly Truth$1,479,94958%2,733-242$542$74,479,9924Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$1,455,78729%2,771-684$525$280,193,9655Warner Bros.
9Funny People$943,1113%2,584-424$365$45,843,6293Universal
10(500) Days of Summer$942,65454%1,048231$899$15,872,3335Fox Searchlight