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, Jan. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,414,887-24%3,018--$469$24,483,1971Paramount
2The King's Speech$1,022,293-3%1,680137$609$60,026,1059Weinstein Company
3The Green Hornet$909,171-24%3,5840$254$66,220,9192Sony / Columbia
4True Grit (2010)$717,864-6%3,4645$207$139,992,0425Paramount
5Black Swan$551,674-18%2,40779$229$84,965,9388Fox Searchlight
6The Dilemma$543,425-21%2,9433$185$34,555,1402Universal
7The Fighter$400,256-14%2,275-139$176$73,867,9007Paramount
8Little Fockers$238,115-16%2,979-415$80$141,885,4305Universal
9TRON: Legacy$224,150-10%2,018-421$111$163,934,9006Disney
10Season of the Witch$170,176-16%2,307-520$74$22,750,9423Relativity Media
11Country Strong$164,816-16%1,44117$114$17,355,6765Sony / Screen Gems
12Tangled$149,075-8%1,860-188$80$186,851,7479Disney
13Yogi Bear$142,397-12%2,510-192$57$89,155,4376Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$65,955-14%1,135-569$58$100,845,1327Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$46,474-10%1,100-566$42$40,185,8475Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$100,362-15%24212$415$4,766,4734Weinstein Company
2The Way Back$96,495-22%678--$142$1,549,0211Newmarket Films
3The Tourist$70,959-21%875-545$81$66,120,1857Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$62,103-14%725-216$86$291,545,30410Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$43,7201%38563$114$95,528,94117Sony / Columbia
6The Company Men$43,501-13%106--$410$834,9281Weinstein Company
7Megamind$28,629-6%320-21$89$146,434,92912Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rabbit Hole$24,056-4%1011$238$1,334,9956Lionsgate
9Due Date$22,267-8%275-66$81$100,516,33112Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$18,929-5%278-25$68$80,788,39111Fox
11The Heart Specialist$12,040-4%293-129$41$962,0042Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$11,148-6%146-20$76$32,190,3569Fox
13Red (2010)$8,809-14%153-53$58$90,267,42015Summit
14Faster (2010)$5,6862%10629$54$23,099,0709CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$22,4503%0-48--$20,899,32045Warner Bros. / IMAX
2127 Hours$21,1537%69-7$307$11,350,30212Fox Searchlight
3Somewhere (2010)$18,046-18%8330$217$1,366,3965Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$11,992-35%78--$154$407,7121UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,8253%75-20$131$1,818,8078Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$4,008-15%72-7$56$9,389,47512Summit
7Life As We Know It$3,703-3%86-46$43$53,369,98816Warner Bros.
8Winter's Bone$2,58474%82$323$6,275,73533Roadside Attractions
9No One Killed Jessica$1,663-18%28-17$59$433,5113UTV Communications
10Biutiful$1,26020%4--$315$95,4264Roadside Attractions
11The Warrior's Way$84522%29-48$29$5,659,1518Relativity Media
12Summer Wars$70210%6-3$117$65,0615GKIDS