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 Tue, Feb. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$976,1267%3,0224$323$41,386,8752Paramount
2The King's Speech$915,696-1%2,557877$358$74,019,65710Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$894,5843%2,703--$331$13,182,3781CBS Films
4The Rite$855,060-9%2,985--$286$16,587,8691Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$683,7598%3,524-60$194$79,800,6553Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$461,005-2%3,120-344$148$149,239,4906Paramount
7Black Swan$446,3393%2,315-92$193$91,601,0329Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,65013%2,905-38$130$41,535,9103Universal
9The Fighter$323,1968%1,914-361$169$78,901,5888Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$149,308-5%1,505-513$99$167,039,2857Disney
11Tangled$138,419-7%1,589-271$87$189,863,93410Disney
12Little Fockers$134,2701%2,051-928$65$144,995,0556Universal
13Yogi Bear$126,170-11%2,133-377$59$92,776,6437Warner Bros.
14Country Strong$102,84121%1,287-154$80$18,993,8796Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$62,56811%1,110-1197$56$23,829,4854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$219,86511%916847$240$13,929,09413Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$104,4214%415173$252$6,268,4285Weinstein Company
3The Way Back$57,71521%595-83$97$2,280,2032Newmarket Films
4From Prada to Nada$53,919-15%256--$211$1,233,0931Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Company Men$47,432-2%211105$225$1,643,3212Weinstein Company
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$46,992-10%732-403$64$101,913,6848Fox
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$38,156-8%465-260$82$292,303,12111Warner Bros.
8The Social Network$34,83613%367-18$95$96,086,16118Sony / Columbia
9Gulliver's Travels (2010)$32,5521%653-447$50$41,038,7046Fox
10Megamind$25,798-8%300-20$86$147,015,37813Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rabbit Hole$15,272-7%12423$123$1,565,7097Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$14,2373%250-28$57$81,041,68112Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,3669%117-29$72$32,286,35110Fox
14Red (2010)$5,63312%119-34$47$90,367,52016Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,12810%1148$45$23,181,42110CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$2,922-35%119-174$25$1,069,6613Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$40,174-4%6258$648$701,7525Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$14,367-13%43--$334$21,074,66346Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$10,6872%60-23$178$1,520,2266Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,36928%48-27$91$1,889,9519Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,2629%76-2$56$529,7682UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,653-2%2719$98$6,313,83534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,183-31%40-32$55$9,416,33513Summit
8The Warrior's Way$82776%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$43749%3-3$146$73,0326GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$26073%8-20$33$440,2114UTV Communications