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 Fri, Jan. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$5,296,201--2,985--$1,774$5,296,2011Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$4,369,075172%3,0224$1,446$30,461,3142Paramount
3The Mechanic$3,612,617--2,703--$1,337$3,612,6171CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$2,894,905168%3,524-60$821$70,195,5603Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$2,871,428164%2,557877$1,123$63,986,33510Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$1,956,810146%3,120-344$627$142,744,4456Paramount
7The Dilemma$1,700,105182%2,905-38$585$36,858,5603Universal
8Black Swan$1,411,118121%2,315-92$610$87,015,1599Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$1,010,840125%1,914-361$528$75,328,7648Paramount
10Little Fockers$697,340160%2,051-928$340$142,850,8806Universal
11TRON: Legacy$610,610128%1,505-513$406$164,813,6977Disney
12Yogi Bear$585,127214%2,133-377$274$89,927,9687Warner Bros.
13Tangled$502,795153%1,589-271$316$187,553,01910Disney
14Country Strong$371,877111%1,287-154$289$17,903,7046Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$205,68413%1,110-1197$185$23,138,1654Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$599,1182415%916847$654$11,973,23813Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$339,048206%415173$817$5,216,1485Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$311,302--256--$1,216$311,3021Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$199,033135%732-403$272$101,128,8698Fox
5The Company Men$169,415259%211105$803$1,051,5232Weinstein Company
6Gulliver's Travels (2010)$152,789149%653-447$234$40,399,9036Fox
7The Way Back$146,96544%595-83$247$1,798,2532Newmarket Films
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$137,34778%465-260$295$291,759,91011Warner Bros.
9The Social Network$115,638146%367-18$315$95,691,54218Sony / Columbia
10The Tourist$108,99441%428-447$255$66,306,6638Sony / Columbia
11Megamind$108,899226%300-20$363$146,577,20813Paramount / DreamWorks
12Unstoppable (2010)$58,115191%250-28$232$80,866,49812Fox
13Rabbit Hole$45,85270%12423$370$1,407,8607Lionsgate
14Burlesque$43,418--238-58$182$39,184,39710Sony / Screen Gems
15Red (2010)$23,663117%119-34$199$90,302,00716Summit
16The Heart Specialist$21,58259%119-174$181$997,1913Freestyle
17Love and Other Drugs$21,26374%117-29$182$32,223,85910Fox
18Faster (2010)$17,493234%1148$153$23,121,79510CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$120,9464771%5955$2,050$283,2565Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$31,39820%43-6$730$20,956,55146Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$28,59335%60-23$477$1,416,2216Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$27,436128%75-3$366$446,8652UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$12,72636%49-26$260$1,850,2779Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$5,178102%2721$192$6,283,47334Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$4,501-30%40-32$113$9,400,42613Summit
8Summer Wars$1,95060%3-3$650$68,2336GKIDS
9No One Killed Jessica$1,061-41%8-20$133$436,3844UTV Communications
10The Warrior's Way$95427%28-1$34$5,660,8599Relativity Media