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 Thu, Jul. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$8,563,251-3%3,792--$2,258$100,158,4121Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$4,584,6252%3,50125$1,310$137,600,8452Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,893,6670%3,504119$540$32,957,5251Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,888,2073%4,001-467$472$272,641,0923Summit
5Toy Story 3$1,816,8463%3,177-195$572$370,499,0395Disney
6Grown Ups$1,368,8112%3,074-263$445$134,812,0864Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$900,051-2%2,805-398$321$119,091,7693Paramount
8Predators$773,992-3%2,6690$290$43,718,4252Fox
9Knight and Day$455,4680%1,925-312$237$70,981,7214Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$323,7013%1,532-583$211$170,612,8586Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$125,924-6%446246$282$5,619,9375Fox Searchlight
2Robin Hood$106,275309%226-42$470$104,945,30510Universal
3Iron Man 2$92,5492%36229$256$310,401,84911Paramount
4Marmaduke$61,3132%274-201$224$32,331,9607Fox
5The A-Team$58,8184%428-368$137$75,448,4306Fox
6How to Train Your Dragon$50,2297%228-26$220$217,581,23117Paramount / DreamWorks
7Shrek Forever After$50,060-9%240-221$209$234,620,1509Paramount / DreamWorks
8Letters to Juliet$48,0631%27231$177$52,319,97210Summit
9Get Him to the Greek$45,795-3%287-67$160$60,327,8357Universal
10Winter's Bone$43,3032%12115$358$3,233,9866Roadside Attractions
11Date Night$22,4414%166-76$135$98,344,36915Fox
12Solitary Man$19,550-1%146-26$134$3,933,7529Anchor Bay
13Killers$18,292-2%166-103$110$46,164,9517Lionsgate
14Splice$9,5914%117-87$82$16,959,1167Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$122,508-4%3831$3,224$2,315,1912Focus
2Hubble 3D$86,4600%530$1,631$11,189,60918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Under the Sea 3D$25,1287%130$1,933$23,234,48475Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sex and the City 2$19,64823%97-59$203$95,007,4448Warner Bros. / New Line
5Jonah Hex$11,3438%46-19$247$10,238,2625Warner Bros.
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$6,26010%67-63$93$163,214,88816Warner Bros.
7Avatar$4,207194%4-5$1,052$749,710,17631Fox
8Just Wright$4,2065%56-24$75$21,493,70010Fox Searchlight
9City Island$3,914-19%49-16$80$6,594,79918Anchor Bay
10The Back-up Plan$2,35627%25-36$94$37,490,00713CBS Films
11I Hate Luv Storys$2,300-41%35--$66$839,2483UTV
12Grease Sing-a-Long$1,191--3-18$397$226,9542Paramount
13The Square (2010)$44915%4-1$112$406,21615Apparition
14Princess Kaiulani$196-64%1-5$196$856,95710Roadside Attractions
15The Secret of Kells$154-53%6-4$26$687,70020GKIDS