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 Fri, Jul. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$21,342,640--3,476--$6,140$21,342,6401Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$11,068,64040%4,4680$2,477$214,731,0172Summit
3Predators$10,406,494--2,669--$3,899$10,406,4941Fox
4Toy Story 3$6,481,95326%3,753-275$1,727$333,652,1994Disney
5The Last Airbender$5,221,61629%3,20334$1,630$88,298,9022Paramount
6Grown Ups$5,083,60556%3,463-71$1,468$99,998,3983Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$2,462,31967%2,628-476$937$56,551,1783Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$1,689,73619%2,458-651$687$160,625,2245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$563,2722%1,236-917$456$72,734,4455Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$366,055257%200123$1,830$2,512,1304Fox Searchlight
2Get Him to the Greek$218,790-5%442-442$495$58,931,2206Universal
3Shrek Forever After$164,951-20%461-496$358$233,447,4568Paramount / DreamWorks
4Winter's Bone$129,250124%10623$1,219$2,185,2105Roadside Attractions
5Marmaduke$122,31941%383-92$319$31,314,2416Fox
6Iron Man 2$121,64315%333-189$365$308,966,18210Paramount
7Solitary Man$119,547126%172-4$695$3,205,4888Anchor Bay
8Letters to Juliet$109,22114%241-99$453$51,499,0649Summit
9How to Train Your Dragon$108,4588%254-49$427$216,684,50216Paramount / DreamWorks
10Robin Hood$94,51561%300-78$315$104,301,3959Universal
11Killers$91,6578%269-458$341$45,668,4966Lionsgate
12Sex and the City 2$67,439-28%156-199$432$94,560,4177Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$62,64758%205-37$306$97,876,83014Fox
14Splice$38,079116%20464$187$16,668,5896Warner Bros
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$26,00519%130-45$200$163,044,34515Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$143,380--7--$20,483$143,3801Focus
2Hubble 3D$93,54814%531$1,765$10,110,65417Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Hate Luv Storys$39,85184%79--$504$664,3902UTV
4Grease Sing-a-Long$24,796-29%12--$2,066$59,8061Paramount
5Under the Sea 3D$23,60718%130$1,816$22,783,34574Warner Bros. / IMAX
6City Island$20,50040%65-16$315$6,435,39517Anchor Bay
7Furry Vengeance$16,885-19%86-21$196$17,562,68011Summit
8Just Wright$16,24854%80-15$203$21,379,1619Fox Searchlight
9Jonah Hex$12,906-40%65-285$199$10,055,7634Warner Bros.
10The Back-up Plan$12,089-5%61-36$198$37,423,42412CBS Films
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$12,000-7%51-19$235$63,850,19217Fox
12Avatar$10,44368%90$1,160$749,630,88130Fox
13A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,9830%53-57$169$63,039,83311Warner Bros. / New Line
14Racing Dreams$3,285--1-1$3,285$53,3458Hanover House
15Princess Kaiulani$1,70891%61$285$842,9799Roadside Attractions
16The Square (2010)$920-27%50$184$398,71514Apparition
17The Joneses$79773%21$399$1,472,85013Roadside Attractions
18The Secret of Kells$672-65%10-4$67$678,59619GKIDS
19Raajneeti$474--5--$95$1,513,3056UTV Communications