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. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$29,690,008-1%3,615--$8,213$91,282,5551Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$18,515,14241%3,925--$4,717$37,421,4791Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$15,182,20039%4,1649$3,646$139,704,8532Disney
4Bridesmaids$6,049,11029%2,95821$2,045$79,330,6503Universal
5Thor$3,639,71347%3,296-628$1,104$156,482,8094Paramount
6Fast Five$2,444,42036%2,981-641$820$193,657,0255Universal
7Rio (2011)$711,47471%1,672-921$426$134,168,9877Fox
8Something Borrowed$702,26928%1,440-1166$488$34,163,7104Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$649,68825%1,918-946$339$26,733,5163Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$743,74757%939-533$792$33,499,0744Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$420,09644%794-1100$529$54,041,6836Fox
3Soul Surfer$152,76940%401-583$381$41,151,2648Sony / TriStar
4Rango$143,37958%280-22$512$121,589,87113Paramount
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$137,66653%359-553$383$52,190,7046Lionsgate
6Source Code$123,37238%299-78$413$53,323,3599Summit
7Everything Must Go$104,72554%161-84$650$1,995,9273Roadside Attractions
8HOP$91,19561%299-55$305$107,429,4109Universal
9Limitless$84,17836%269-88$313$78,383,34511Relativity Media
10Hanna$83,56042%216-63$387$39,451,8508Focus
11Win Win$81,03592%124-78$654$9,573,94111Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$80,69872%166-92$486$56,726,96911Lionsgate
13Jane Eyre (2011)$64,33548%143-65$450$10,603,89812Focus
14The Conspirator$63,41877%137-132$463$11,099,0857Roadside Attractions
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$63,08250%214-39$295$52,051,67410Fox
16Insidious$60,40828%186-315$325$52,678,7019FilmDistrict
17Scream 4$46,65842%26156$179$37,837,8717Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$41,48037%109-59$381$731,3534Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$27,613104%203-439$136$9,423,9415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$119,190-1%4--$29,798$239,3201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,32816%47-3$1,901$5,806,0918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$36,04134%30-4$1,201$25,195,36263Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$31,96629%77-160$415$32,911,5618Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$19,89847%96-74$207$83,517,04812Sony / Columbia
6The King's Speech$5,06726%18-22$282$138,771,81527Weinstein Company
735 and Ticking$4,14038%60$690$44,8012Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$3,77688%10-2$378$1,163,78912Anchor Bay Films
9The Music Never Stopped$846119%50$169$244,26411Roadside Attractions
10Dum Maaro Dum$77976%6-5$130$561,9806Fox Searchlight
11Go For It!$64189%14-50$46$177,6173Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Biutiful$169-45%5-2$34$5,098,10422Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$15451%2-9$77$17,4813Freestyle Releasing