'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 Sun, Dec. 20 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 20 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2The Princess and the Frog$3,808,864-23%3,47541$1,096$44,716,3582Disney
3The Blind Side$2,932,605-25%3,40719$861$164,726,3785Warner Bros.
4Did You Hear About the Morgans?$1,865,212-23%2,718--$686$6,616,5711Sony / Columbia
5The Twilight Saga: New Moon$1,378,305-16%3,035-600$454$274,597,4435Summit
6Invictus$1,256,945-22%2,1250$592$15,877,9562Warner Bros.
7Disney's A Christmas Carol$1,175,590-10%2,070-332$568$130,814,8467Disney
8Brothers (2009)$935,901-11%2,009-79$466$22,349,8623Lionsgate
92012$706,309-17%2,242-596$315$159,028,8866Sony / Columbia
10Old Dogs$705,918-23%2,630-460$268$43,625,3794Disney