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 Wed, Sep. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,674,363--2,721--$615$1,674,3630Focus
2Takers$1,247,008-29%2,206--$565$25,261,0061Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$941,797-25%2,874--$328$23,919,6551Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$865,586-18%3,023-59$286$63,258,8283Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$794,627-25%3,398128$234$84,803,4933Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$551,237-24%3,004-468$184$100,934,8824Sony / Columbia
7Inception$473,331-19%1,923-478$246$272,091,8447Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$447,179-28%2,0175$222$17,931,2332Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$433,225-26%2,79814$155$18,446,3102Universal
10Piranha 3D$406,485-27%2,49121$163$19,694,9362Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$311,924-31%3,2330$96$28,995,3902Fox
12Despicable Me$262,105-28%1,691-545$155$237,197,3008Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,455-23%1,269-1551$195$27,040,8003Universal
14Lottery Ticket$244,156-25%1,818-155$134$18,135,0842Warner Bros.
15Dinner for Schmucks$151,330-25%1,501-648$101$69,743,0715Paramount / DreamWorks
16Salt$150,835-29%1,012-782$149$113,806,5596Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$349,947-16%812--$431$754,962,42137Fox
2Step Up 3D$124,493-34%757-835$164$40,160,7514Disney
3Toy Story 3$109,230-27%600-130$182$406,040,34211Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$63,279-31%719-861$88$41,503,7585Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$56,649-26%342-62$166$19,339,0988Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$53,347-11%476-81$112$298,200,5979Summit
7Hubble 3D$38,525-8%1510$255$14,682,25924Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$33,290-20%30683$109$130,704,7959Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,923-16%354-34$79$24,911,5576Fox
10Knight and Day$17,333-34%229-48$76$76,049,32710Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,129-20%207-25$78$238,107,36315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Charlie St. Cloud$13,445-27%270-377$50$30,798,2855Universal
13Predators$13,438-11%187-47$72$51,661,6538Fox
14Winter's Bone$12,276-27%119-12$103$5,477,45312Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,2464%160$640$24,016,19681Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$7,37833%200$369$387,8736Weinstein Company
3Flipped$5,799-36%26-3$223$693,9944Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$5,720-16%92-59$62$77,114,30912Fox
5Marmaduke$4,020-9%66-56$61$33,579,13013Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,943-12%51$789$120,5732Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$3,652-12%45-25$81$715,5533UTV Communications
8Solitary Man$2,674-22%190$141$4,324,90415Anchor Bay
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,651-18%21-6$126$456,6136NeoClassics
10Cyrus$2,430-29%32-24$76$7,361,59011Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,688-13%12-8$141$149,35437-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,241-47%7-1$177$134,3674Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$32055%10$320$872,70116Roadside Attractions
14The People I've Slept With$237-13%1--$237$11,7523People Pictures
15Tales From Earthsea$146-22%1-4$146$48,4613Disney
16City Island$60-29%1-3$60$6,670,91224Anchor Bay