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 Thu, Feb. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$805,56218%2,58427$312$86,444,97111Weinstein Company
2No Strings Attached$712,7417%3,05028$234$54,220,7873Paramount
3Sanctum$627,075-2%2,787--$225$12,373,3701Universal
4The Roommate$605,8687%2,534--$239$17,652,9011Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$522,4253%2,7041$193$22,215,7322CBS Films
6The Rite$446,1194%2,9850$149$25,605,9372Warner Bros. / New Line
7True Grit (2010)$439,17713%2,902-218$151$156,569,6857Paramount
8The Green Hornet$408,5948%3,033-491$135$88,732,0524Sony / Columbia
9Black Swan$335,1039%1,977-338$170$97,214,66510Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$273,5068%1,662-252$165$83,466,5449Paramount
11The Dilemma$267,60511%2,545-360$105$46,604,6804Universal
12Yogi Bear$126,0339%1,807-326$70$95,848,2418Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$115,82912%1,040-465$111$169,199,3568Disney
14Tangled$114,13615%1,369-220$83$192,490,84711Disney
15Little Fockers$88,3359%1,355-696$65$146,887,9807Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$154,1019%899-17$171$16,286,80214Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$91,1056%45035$202$7,626,1026Weinstein Company
3Country Strong$68,38722%948-339$72$20,051,5737Sony / Screen Gems
4Biutiful$61,840-5%179117$345$1,683,0966Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$53,060-6%23120$230$2,514,0453Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$39,599-1%2615$152$2,276,9492Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,47016%365-100$100$292,890,25612Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$35,95622%514-218$70$102,693,5469Fox
9Season of the Witch$27,4874%492-618$56$24,350,7755Relativity Media
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$24,7489%495-158$50$41,701,2427Fox
11Megamind$23,2162%290-10$80$147,554,89214Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Social Network$22,05212%294-73$75$96,484,33319Sony / Columbia
13Rabbit Hole$18,96615%1317$145$1,789,7198Lionsgate
14The Way Back$18,56011%145-450$128$2,601,8033Newmarket Films
15Unstoppable (2010)$12,12011%202-48$60$81,246,51813Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,180-3%149109$48$9,503,26814Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,01529%485$521$21,303,59947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,5505%46-14$164$1,632,6627Focus
3Winter's Bone$4,623-6%358$132$6,375,74935Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$3,57213%87-27$41$23,240,02011CBS Films
5Love and Other Drugs$3,098-16%46-71$67$32,343,81411Fox
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,561-2%39-9$66$1,926,83010Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,420-16%56-63$25$1,103,0374Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,20610%3--$402$13,6011Freestyle