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 Sat, May. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$15,171,87866%3,9638$3,828$109,064,9622Paramount
2Bridesmaids$10,592,34035%2,918--$3,630$18,427,1701Universal
3Fast Five$8,932,51551%3,793131$2,355$164,095,7953Universal
4Priest (2011)$5,632,5050%2,864--$1,967$11,264,7171Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$3,786,268135%2,929-329$1,293$122,363,0265Fox
6Jumping the Broom$3,294,48165%2,0350$1,619$23,985,0552Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$2,861,15525%2,9040$985$23,805,1322Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$1,823,35556%2,425-189$752$47,366,3974Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,054,44371%1,449-432$728$49,689,3494Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$824,39869%1,468-313$562$38,719,8216Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$506,282204%1,276-1229$397$8,084,5333Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious$426,51828%762-239$560$51,476,4327FilmDistrict
2Source Code$394,64467%626-304$630$52,027,4217Summit
3Everything Must Go$337,39452%218--$1,548$558,9451Roadside Attractions
4Hanna$263,72965%425-323$621$38,430,6436Focus
5The Conspirator$215,63491%370-87$583$10,356,4725Roadside Attractions
6Win Win$199,834119%248-20$806$8,820,1709Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$192,56192%345-95$558$56,007,1219Lionsgate
8HOP$188,190122%459-443$410$106,726,1957Universal
9Limitless$165,55767%298-81$556$77,469,8549Relativity Media
10Jane Eyre (2011)$143,04162%2480$577$9,865,40110Focus
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$134,158105%311-28$431$51,544,0798Fox
12Scream 4$121,65433%426-907$286$37,445,3325Weinstein Company
13Rango$115,34734%216-61$534$120,703,30311Paramount
14Arthur (2011)$102,93845%344-11$299$32,504,7516Warner Bros.
15Battle: Los Angeles$80,68550%225-4$359$83,219,12010Sony / Columbia
16The Adjustment Bureau$77,90030%164-51$475$62,264,72511Universal
17The Beaver$68,07562%10583$648$260,4882Summit
18Paul$47,06053%181-23$260$37,344,2359Universal
19Go For It!$45,56435%218--$209$79,3951Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Your Highness$40,70025%148-16$275$21,535,0406Universal
21Sucker Punch$32,15134%139-71$231$36,302,6898Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$26,75968%100-56$268$37,596,35310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$109,4615%57-2$1,920$4,707,5996Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$40,52124%342$1,192$24,789,16861Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$24,02538%89-44$270$103,012,97314Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$19,22252%71-19$271$138,704,31325Weinstein Company
5Beastly$11,43144%46-30$249$27,847,89211CBS Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$11,310125%38-14$298$37,885,90713Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,85770%5029$197$1,322,2926Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$7,128120%13-10$548$1,130,37910Anchor Bay Films
9Dum Maaro Dum$5,53359%20-13$277$549,1684Fox Searchlight
10Cedar Rapids$4,71629%12-10$393$6,841,99114Fox Searchlight
11Biutiful$4,303304%11-5$391$5,082,57120Roadside Attractions
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$3,15981%34-430$93$1,181,5573Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13The Company Men$1,92478%11-24$175$4,438,06717Weinstein Company
14Skateland$1,726-6%2--$863$3,5681Freestyle Releasing
15Miral$1,09735%50$219$370,3978Weinstein Company
16Meet Monica Velour$66670%1--$666$27,8516Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$62927%5-2$126$239,0849Roadside Attractions