Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.25M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $15.87M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 15, 2014 01:05 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with $24.25 million. The low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson exceeded its rising expectations heading into the weekend. Much of the film's success was due to the drawing power of Elba and Henson. No Good Deed was also helped out by the fairly empty marketplace this weekend and Screen Gems has had a strong history with thrillers in the past. The film's opening weekend performance was similar to the $23.45 million start of I Can Do Bad All By Myself back in September of 2009.

No Good Deed opened with $8.82 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.78 million and declined 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.65 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.75 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (60 percent) and towards moviegoers 30 years and older (59 percent). No Good Deed received a B+ rating on CinemaScore, which is very solid for a thriller.

Dolphin Tale 2 opened in second place with $15.87 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened on the low end of pre-release expectations and 17 percent below the $19.15 million start of Dolphin Tale back in September of 2011. Dolphin Tale 2 was helped out by solid critical reviews and by the recent lack of family fare in the marketplace.

Dolphin Tale 2 grossed $4.27 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.46 million and fell 44 percent on Sunday to take in $4.15 million. That placed the opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.72 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and moviegoers over the age of 25 (56 percent). Like its predecessor (which registered a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.77 to 1), Dolphin Tale 2 will hope to hold up well going forward. The film's strong A rating on CinemaScore is an encouraging early sign.

After leading the box office for each of the past three weekends, Guardians of the Galaxy was down two spots to place in third with $8.10 million. In the process, the blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $300 million domestic mark this weekend; making it the first release of 2014 to do so. The 45-day total for the film stands at $305.99 million. Guardians of the Galaxy held up very nicely this weekend, as it was down just 22 percent from last weekend.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles placed in fourth with $4.86 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 25 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.09 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with $4.10 million. The fairly last minute decision to open The Drop in moderate release paid off, as the crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini earned a very solid per-location average of $5,074 from 809 locations. The Drop opened with $1.46 million on Friday, increased 20.5 percent on Saturday to take in $1.76 million and declined 49.5 percent on Sunday to gross $0.89 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.82 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fifth and seventh place with respective takes of $4.38 million and $3.94 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 21 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 29 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $73.05 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.82 million for If I Stay in 24 days.

On the platform front, Roadside's The Skeleton Twins was off to a very solid start this weekend with $0.381 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $25,379 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Jun. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$15,123,212-3%4,028--$3,755$141,036,4871Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$3,539,8343%3,6630$966$114,111,6162Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$1,851,0503%3,5449$522$54,080,2252Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,049,7603%2,592-110$405$49,917,4703Universal
5Shrek Forever After$892,10619%3,207-661$278$224,720,8765Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers$801,9439%2,619-240$306$40,840,4013Lionsgate
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$697,8808%2,605-503$268$82,144,9954Disney
8Jonah Hex$645,0000%2,825--$228$6,673,0001Warner Bros.
9Sex and the City 2$478,00022%1,680-1070$285$91,041,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
10Marmaduke$392,93225%2,495-718$157$28,417,6233Fox
11Iron Man 2$331,915-3%1,612-693$206$304,885,1517Paramount
12Robin Hood$172,7007%1,046-849$165$102,414,3356Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$161,34920%806-525$200$48,887,5466Summit
2Splice$130,000-1%944-1506$138$15,831,0003Warner Bros
3Date Night$52,8875%345-85$153$96,986,67211Fox
4Solitary Man$51,45528%10754$481$1,518,3215Anchor Bay
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$39,0008%267-66$146$162,460,00012Warner Bros.
6How to Train Your Dragon$34,43224%213-68$162$214,826,55513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Raavan$29,94628%120--$250$536,0141Reliance Big Pictures
8Furry Vengeance$28,57349%235-33$122$17,108,5878Summit
9City Island$25,85337%133-26$194$5,982,38114Anchor Bay
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,0000%228103$101$62,779,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,90835%146-56$157$63,587,60214Fox
12The Back-up Plan$19,38519%16654$117$37,086,2709CBS Films
13Just Wright$16,734-8%158-121$106$21,120,5996Fox Searchlight
14Kick-Ass$15,50513%157-21$99$47,979,92910Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,00013%502$1,540$8,779,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$40,1521%3935$1,030$554,2982Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$22,036-4%4--$5,509$226,7371Fox Searchlight
4Babies$17,33513%97-49$179$7,113,9007Focus
5Under the Sea 3D$16,19360%150$1,080$22,527,41871Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Avatar$16,04841%17-9$944$749,462,37027Fox
7Princess Kaiulani$3,2063%16-10$200$815,0516Roadside Attractions
8The Losers$2,9000%31-96$94$23,587,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,122-1%12-5$177$357,62111Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,67928%15-5$112$623,34916GKIDS
11The Joneses$824-8%7-1$118$1,458,58110Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$7658%2--$38$43,6575Hanover House