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 Sun, Apr. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$11,413,055-35%3,827--$2,982$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$3,770,698-44%3,305--$1,141$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$3,192,050-39%3,608-8$885$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$1,978,123-38%2,54510$777$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$1,854,474-43%2,2140$838$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$1,621,145-46%3,2760$495$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Source Code$1,508,811-47%2,557-414$590$36,898,5803Summit
8Insidious$1,493,165-49%2,233-186$669$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
9Your Highness$1,095,905-35%2,7723$395$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$904,723-46%1,885-770$480$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$676,251-52%1,702-718$397$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$555,126-47%1,849-1032$300$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$832,086-47%707--$1,177$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$303,820-53%384158$791$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
3Jane Eyre (2011)$274,796-39%27427$1,003$6,605,0356Focus
4Rango$211,398-37%976-1031$217$118,775,7317Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$209,620-22%2071$1,013$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sucker Punch$165,462-37%555-1200$298$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$133,558-43%554-854$241$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
8Paul$123,280-45%536-1131$230$36,104,5005Universal
9No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$104,89621%189-37$555$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Adjustment Bureau$78,285-55%348-435$225$60,735,1457Universal
11Just Go With It$66,597-47%3266$204$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
12The King's Speech$59,453-50%315-360$189$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
13Hall Pass$56,443-45%333-33$169$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
14Unknown (2011)$41,197-47%275-90$150$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$28,304-53%248-529$114$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
16Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$23,709-42%128-56$185$37,615,1519Fox
17True Grit (2010)$22,176-56%177-86$125$170,938,57517Paramount
18Beastly$17,066-46%110-229$155$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$33,842-18%321$1,058$23,841,64957Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$26,519-31%71-21$374$392,1942UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$16,232-47%39-13$416$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
4The Green Hornet$13,679-46%95-66$144$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
5Miral$10,288-33%26-3$396$304,9374Weinstein Company
6Cedar Rapids$8,763-55%47-71$186$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
7Biutiful$7,121-25%32-6$223$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
8Drive Angry$7,024-36%71-55$99$10,706,7868Summit
9Black Swan$4,605-51%49-54$94$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,875-51%35-34$111$72,772,10610Paramount
11The Company Men$3,581-49%20-12$179$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$1,785-30%42-60$43$6,923,8917Relativity Media
13The Music Never Stopped$1,738-42%13-1$134$227,9105Roadside Attractions
14Blue Valentine (2010)$1,525-24%15-4$102$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$1,404-21%42$351$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
16happythankyoumoreplease$736-42%4-5$184$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
17The Last Godfather$332-47%1-19$332$163,5913Roadside Attractions
18Winter's Bone$24-73%20$12$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions