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 Fri, Dec. 31 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$8,166,25623%3,08336$2,649$70,420,1232Paramount
2Little Fockers$7,747,720-1%3,55418$2,180$84,557,4252Universal
3TRON: Legacy$4,992,200-22%3,365-86$1,484$117,540,0713Disney
4Yogi Bear$4,048,214-14%3,5150$1,152$57,418,5503Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,392,475-3%2,948-584$1,151$80,066,0974Fox
6Tangled$3,265,495-13%2,5820$1,265$161,284,3906Disney
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,967,310-4%3,089543$961$21,121,7172Fox
8The Fighter$2,658,0071%2,53423$1,049$39,041,7944Paramount
9The Tourist$1,959,5337%2,7560$711$49,966,9654Sony / Columbia
10Black Swan$1,940,147-28%1,55396$1,249$40,866,3435Fox Searchlight
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,348,611-14%1,7320$779$280,230,1277Warner Bros.
12How Do You Know$1,315,417-6%2,4830$530$21,808,8913Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$2,517,09639%7000$3,596$17,674,0346Weinstein Company
2Megamind$206,714-11%7640$271$143,767,7929Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$161,19231%450-76$358$79,104,7578Fox
4Due Date$127,2364%4040$315$98,935,0399Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$118,7992%249-9$477$92,876,28214Sony / Columbia
6Burlesque$113,724-21%330-171$345$37,403,0476Sony / Screen Gems
7Red (2010)$80,830-10%303-27$267$89,296,29712Summit
8127 Hours$53,166-29%103-42$516$10,203,2289Fox Searchlight
9Despicable Me$50,235-25%1974$255$251,083,04026Universal
10Life As We Know It$45,410-23%2480$183$52,727,34313Warner Bros.
11Love and Other Drugs$38,122-29%175-66$218$31,099,4816Fox
12Tees Maar Khan$28,382-5%104-4$273$950,6112UTV Communications
13Fair Game (2010)$26,181-18%109-52$240$9,048,3899Summit
14Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,235-21%1580$153$55,486,41315Warner Bros.
15Morning Glory (2010)$14,3978%1260$114$30,727,8148Paramount
16Faster (2010)$10,456-38%119-4$88$22,799,8666CBS Films
17Jackass 3D$9,356-54%1370$68$117,052,88312Paramount
18Hereafter$9,0542%1280$71$32,684,45512Warner Bros.
19Paranormal Activity 2$8,854-49%1450$61$84,612,34211Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 31 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$59,655-33%470$1,269$20,069,36842Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$42,425-15%4--$10,606$140,3041Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$40,253-10%6830$592$969,9115Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$30,303-10%340$891$323,4323Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$28,114-14%81$3,514$322,5342Focus
6Under the Sea 3D$11,931-34%120$994$25,247,35299Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Country Strong$11,40038%20$5,700$89,6362Sony / Screen Gems
8The Next Three Days$10,259-1%81-30$127$21,102,2397Lionsgate
9The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$9,808--15--$654$660,8739Warner Bros.
10Biutiful$7,550-23%2--$3,775$26,9291Roadside Attractions
11The Town$5,632-19%620$91$92,155,03716Warner Bros.
12Inception$4,669-10%280$167$292,558,18825Warner Bros.
13The Warrior's Way$3,524119%384$93$5,559,3955Relativity Media
14For Colored Girls$3,246-21%28-11$116$37,669,2049Lionsgate
15The Tempest$2,735-67%6-8$456$223,6534Disney
16Summer Wars$1,901-35%21$951$9,3802GKIDS
17Winter's Bone$297-45%2-3$149$6,243,74530Roadside Attractions