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 Mon, Dec. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,138,366-76%4,1250$276$245,657,4823Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,049,654-84%3,6030$291$97,620,4662Disney
3Burlesque$522,099-67%3,0370$172$27,508,7552Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$440,213-67%2,4583$179$23,015,1002Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$384,647-71%3,152-31$122$69,147,5114Fox
6Faster (2010)$328,725-68%2,47016$133$18,546,4552CBS Films
7Due Date$317,431-67%2,450-105$130$91,199,5695Warner Bros.
8The Warrior's Way$257,147-67%1,622--$159$3,305,8121Relativity Media
9Megamind$245,363-83%3,173-238$77$136,856,5245Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Next Three Days$208,828-66%2,236-328$93$18,510,7453Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$139,820-64%2,263-178$62$29,151,3024Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$142,214-67%433140$328$6,753,9765Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$75,328-69%43640$173$7,381,7705Summit
3Red (2010)$67,594-61%779-135$87$87,238,5068Summit
4Skyline$34,395-70%578-611$60$20,989,7904Universal / Rogue
5For Colored Girls$32,356-69%485-120$67$37,284,3795Lionsgate
6The Social Network$31,779-67%260-31$122$91,001,90210Sony / Columbia
7The Town$17,381-66%3180$55$91,752,89412Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$15,115-78%322192$47$54,826,32211Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me$13,860-78%28014$50$250,017,90022Universal
10Jackass 3D$13,148-47%180-3$73$116,746,1768Paramount
11Conviction$7,588-56%10721$71$6,671,4158Fox Searchlight
12Paranormal Activity 2$7,460-69%200-79$37$84,264,9487Paramount
13Inception$6,203-60%117-27$53$292,390,10321Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$6,066-75%208-41$29$52,128,4669Warner Bros.
15The Nutcracker in 3D$4,201-84%11570$37$163,7162Freestyle Releasing
16Hereafter$4,020-70%114-88$35$32,442,0618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$210,708-57%18--$11,706$1,654,5171Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$27,022-73%62$4,504$834,9952Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$20,874-31%570$366$18,966,19238Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$10,916-59%15--$728$190,3745Warner Bros.
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,159-76%7--$1,308$121,8711Roadside Attractions
6Under the Sea 3D$6,179-18%130$475$24,995,82095Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Nowhere Boy$4,878-2%23-17$212$1,450,2439Weinstein Company
8Waiting for 'Superman'$4,067-64%8516$48$6,325,49911Paramount Vantage
9Guzaarish$2,598-85%58-38$45$992,1253UTV
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,610-65%59-31$27$52,439,47211Fox
11Stone$1,512-59%22-1$69$1,762,9499Relativity / Overture
12Wild Target$1,302-59%137$100$93,0366Freestyle
13The Tillman Story$1,032-50%141$74$801,02716Weinstein Company
14Winter's Bone$30685%20$153$6,229,21626Roadside Attractions
15Cool It$297-49%1514$20$60,1984Roadside Attractions
16Jack Goes Boating$112-77%90$12$533,40212Relativity / Overture
17Let Me In$89-71%11-20$8$12,134,50910Relativity / Overture