Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 14, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 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 $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 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 an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 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 $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 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 an estimated $8.04 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 $305.93 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 an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 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 $5,315 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 is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fourth and sixth place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 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 an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jan. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$1,526,746-31%3,584--$426$43,739,5311Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$955,325-21%2,940--$325$22,681,9101Universal
3The King's Speech$867,100-7%1,543785$562$48,597,3178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$744,864-14%2,328744$320$76,628,0847Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$727,067-13%3,459335$210$129,904,6634Paramount
6The Fighter$475,189-13%2,414-114$197$68,046,0306Paramount
7Little Fockers$355,880-19%3,394-281$105$136,418,6204Universal
8TRON: Legacy$314,548-23%2,439-574$129$159,219,1705Disney
9Season of the Witch$307,120-17%2,82711$109$19,589,8032Relativity Media
10Country Strong$247,604-13%1,4240$174$14,517,6444Sony / Screen Gems
11Tangled$175,913-28%2,048-335$86$183,086,6838Disney
12Yogi Bear$173,235-36%2,702-586$64$84,642,1355Warner Bros.
13The Tourist$143,042-12%1,420-1022$101$64,869,0906Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$117,295-24%1,704-1110$69$99,134,9356Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$71,766-40%1,666-1298$43$38,782,4954Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$139,433-8%230190$606$3,451,6283Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$91,623-12%941-566$97$290,349,0849Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$44,240-11%322-281$137$94,922,24116Sony / Columbia
4The Heart Specialist$34,73442%422--$82$640,7521Freestyle
5Megamind$30,822-30%341-34$90$145,735,59111Paramount / DreamWorks
6How Do You Know$27,765-7%615-1287$45$30,068,0285Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$27,058-11%34197$79$100,181,34711Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$26,080-6%10066$261$1,065,7945Lionsgate
9Love and Other Drugs$19,996-4%166-46$120$32,039,9548Fox
10Unstoppable (2010)$19,033-13%303-95$63$80,485,25610Fox
11Red (2010)$11,118-16%206-55$54$90,122,64914Summit
12Life As We Know It$6,158-2%132-56$47$53,302,76315Warner Bros.
13Morning Glory (2010)$5,642-14%127-51$44$31,005,72010Paramount
14Despicable Me$4,085-1%137-41$30$251,509,84028Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,424-12%11190$22$37,727,11911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$21,912-16%5336$413$1,081,4324Focus
2Hubble 3D$18,514-17%48--$386$20,694,31844Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$16,748-11%76-12$220$11,159,72011Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$11,169-13%95-5$118$1,711,4537Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,135-5%45-3$114$395,6742UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,499-5%79-24$57$9,336,68511Summit
7Faster (2010)$3,352-20%77-2$44$23,016,1498CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,475-3%7745$32$5,646,4827Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$1,553-29%22-48$71$117,228,02114Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,078-4%40-50$27$84,752,08213Paramount
11Summer Wars$88141%9-5$98$56,2614GKIDS
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$679-8%41-54$17$55,674,74917Warner Bros.
13Winter's Bone$5847%60$97$6,266,36532Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$7890%4-34$20$1,076,4434UTV Communications