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, Jan. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$1,110,164-69%3,12441$355$111,145,3213Paramount
2Black Swan$811,617-64%1,58431$512$62,030,1216Fox Searchlight
3Little Fockers$790,125-74%3,675121$215$124,477,8853Universal
4Season of the Witch$754,249-70%2,816--$268$11,366,6241Relativity Media
5TRON: Legacy$692,824-75%3,013-352$230$148,905,2444Disney
6The Fighter$595,983-67%2,528-6$236$58,441,9295Paramount
7Country Strong$486,371-72%1,4241422$342$7,949,8253Sony / Screen Gems
8The Tourist$297,449-66%2,442-314$122$61,455,3935Sony / Columbia
9Tangled$275,746-82%2,383-199$116$176,055,2427Disney
10Yogi Bear$275,441-87%3,288-227$84$75,712,2124Warner Bros.
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$274,214-79%2,814-134$97$94,806,4105Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$236,308-82%2,964-125$80$34,684,6293Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$171,343-73%1,507-225$114$287,833,1138Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$148,588-64%1,902-581$78$28,982,2454Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$545,492-70%75858$720$33,442,1577Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$54,578-67%603354$91$94,132,04815Sony / Columbia
3Love and Other Drugs$31,937-56%21237$151$31,715,1097Fox
4Unstoppable (2010)$25,608-65%398-52$64$80,048,8559Fox
5Due Date$21,999-62%244-160$90$99,674,53110Warner Bros.
6I Love You Phillip Morris$19,968-69%10032$200$1,455,4486Roadside Attractions
7Red (2010)$17,255-62%261-42$66$89,860,19213Summit
8Megamind$16,900-80%375-389$45$144,691,28410Paramount / DreamWorks
9Life As We Know It$10,165-73%188-60$54$53,143,89214Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$8,618-62%17852$48$30,892,5979Paramount
11Fair Game (2010)$7,309-59%103-6$71$9,249,26110Summit
12Despicable Me$5,340-84%178-19$30$251,389,96027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$74,806-65%4036$1,870$1,219,3902Weinstein Company
2127 Hours$21,960-62%88-15$250$10,846,55910Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$15,635-70%179$920$679,6243Focus
4Hubble 3D$15,417-56%0-47--$20,403,93443Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Rabbit Hole$10,334-69%340$304$638,3154Lionsgate
6No One Killed Jessica$9,877-84%48--$206$237,3501UTV Communications
7Faster (2010)$4,493-66%79-40$57$22,945,7247CBS Films
8Jackass 3D$4,368-58%70-67$62$117,194,66813Paramount
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,740-79%95-63$39$55,642,66816Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$2,488-70%90-55$28$84,725,64412Paramount
11Summer Wars$2,396-54%1412$171$38,3503GKIDS
12The Warrior's Way$2,126-58%32-6$66$5,607,0466Relativity Media
13Hereafter$1,001-70%33-95$30$32,742,59713Warner Bros.
14Tees Maar Khan$695-84%38--$18$1,073,3813UTV Communications
15Winter's Bone$596-62%64$99$6,254,97831Roadside Attractions
16For Colored Girls$241-79%21-7$11$37,686,51510Lionsgate