Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 14, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 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 $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 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 an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 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 $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 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 an estimated $8.04 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 $305.93 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 an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 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 $5,315 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 is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fourth and sixth place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 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 an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jul. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$8,781,208-17%4,46852$1,965$195,731,2901Summit
2Toy Story 3$5,255,066-12%4,0280$1,305$313,077,8463Disney
3The Last Airbender$4,340,399-19%3,169--$1,370$79,040,8791Paramount
4Grown Ups$3,324,220-10%3,5340$941$91,663,2682Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,476,724-12%3,1046$476$52,610,0702Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,394,337-11%3,109-182$448$157,519,7734Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$539,328-8%2,153-432$251$71,619,8064Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$243,100-11%884-383$275$58,482,5755Universal
2Shrek Forever After$203,830-3%957-1383$213$233,077,3507Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$101,621-5%522-647$195$308,738,4709Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$97,913-15%600-269$163$88,552,0686Disney
5Sex and the City 2$90,2445%355-546$254$94,399,5766Warner Bros. / New Line
6How to Train Your Dragon$88,735-2%303-30$293$216,476,02515Paramount / DreamWorks
7Letters to Juliet$87,417-22%340-169$257$51,293,8368Summit
8Marmaduke$83,5002%475-6$176$31,105,2355Fox
9Killers$82,760-3%727-366$114$45,491,8365Lionsgate
10Solitary Man$57,480-2%176-1$327$3,034,2307Anchor Bay
11Robin Hood$54,775-7%3786$145$104,148,1858Universal
12Date Night$37,971-2%242-44$157$97,774,51713Fox
13Jonah Hex$21,7801%350-2475$62$10,021,4303Warner Bros.
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,015-14%175-51$109$162,996,47314Warner Bros.
15Splice$18,442-19%140-200$132$16,612,8845Warner Bros
16Furry Vengeance$16,534-13%107-50$155$17,525,04110Summit
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$7,934-2%110-62$72$63,021,90210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$106,200-15%7760$1,379$2,043,5663Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$82,3536%522$1,584$9,934,74816Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Winter's Bone$58,057-1%8313$699$1,998,3654Roadside Attractions
4I Hate Luv Storys$29,304-23%84--$349$602,8561UTV
5Under the Sea 3D$18,7947%130$1,446$22,739,09673Warner Bros. / IMAX
6City Island$16,775-4%81-24$207$6,399,51216Anchor Bay
7The Back-up Plan$10,889-9%97-50$112$37,398,60011CBS Films
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$10,668-7%70-35$152$63,825,35516Fox
9Just Wright$10,666-13%95-16$112$21,352,3478Fox Searchlight
10Babies$10,48726%42-22$250$7,310,2119Focus
11Avatar$4,687-18%9-6$521$749,614,23529Fox
12The Secret of Kells$2,0721%14-1$148$676,01518GKIDS
13Raavan$1,375140%28-87$49$707,6523Reliance Big Pictures
14Princess Kaiulani$1,37096%5-3$274$840,3768Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$914-4%5-3$183$396,53113Apparition
16The Joneses$55920%1-2$559$1,471,59212Roadside Attractions