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, Aug. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,162,59120%2,77888$778$100,802,8693Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$1,294,29711%2,614--$495$12,863,7801Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,056,45714%3,346-125$316$150,658,2964Fox
4Our Idiot Brother$995,63615%2,555--$390$8,875,9371Weinstein Company
5Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$895,12812%2,760--$324$10,221,4941FilmDistrict
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$792,07137%3,30510$240$23,359,5862Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$627,85531%2,861-196$219$127,056,6425Sony / Columbia
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$485,81022%3,0150$161$17,544,3142Lionsgate
9Fright Night (2011)$442,68821%3,1140$142$15,089,4912Disney / DreamWorks
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$419,22316%1,577-363$266$70,514,2085Warner Bros.
1130 Minutes or Less$418,89712%2,071-817$202$32,582,2223Sony / Columbia
12One Day$379,05927%1,7254$220$10,466,4582Focus
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$372,1954%1,328-410$280$371,535,4327Warner Bros.
14Final Destination 5$340,12415%2,085-1070$163$38,551,2243Warner Bros. / New Line
15Captain America: The First Avenger$256,9428%1,424-564$180$169,265,5626Paramount
16Cowboys & Aliens$233,8507%1,559-654$150$93,976,0605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$149,16018%904-729$165$34,771,3204Universal
2Horrible Bosses$99,06615%465-290$213$114,000,2958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$97,73823%27271$359$4,262,1416Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$83,80014%51834$162$349,614,2199Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$35,98314%242156$149$126,116,60012Paramount
6Bridesmaids$35,52014%222-22$160$168,115,36016Universal
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$26,61226%239-35$111$67,077,17411Fox
8Green Lantern$24,82418%222-20$112$116,022,29811Warner Bros.
9Kung Fu Panda 2$24,46125%194-43$126$164,321,25814Paramount / DreamWorks
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$21,2058%223-1759$95$11,727,2443Fox
11X-Men: First Class$11,650-7%110-36$106$146,147,80313Fox
12The Hangover Part II$8,40110%128-65$66$254,318,11414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,2747%490$761$12,197,28221Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$14,60617%971$151$12,879,50114Fox Searchlight
3The Devil's Double$13,7718%78-5$177$1,204,5845Lionsgate
4Another Earth$13,0572%947$139$1,129,9556Fox Searchlight
5Bad Teacher$10,15422%75--$135$98,283,19910Sony / Columbia
6Attack the Block$9,99714%30-14$333$729,9995Sony / Screen Gems
7Circumstance$6,73919%7--$963$55,7251Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$5,653-6%50-19$113$5,719,24113Focus
9Monte Carlo$5,17343%91-16$57$22,909,3279Fox
10The Future$4,9372%22-9$224$408,6125Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,083-1%15-22$139$1,322,5367Fox Searchlight
12Rio (2011)$1,5519%39-29$40$143,600,17120Fox
13Redemption Road$1,50145%26--$58$21,6851Freestyle Releasing
14A Better Life$1,125-7%31-34$36$1,756,65810Summit
15Project Nim$926-10%164$58$349,1248Roadside Attractions
165 Days of War$281-40%1-1$281$11,5822Anchor Bay Films
17Insidious$240-42%7-2$34$53,991,79322FilmDistrict
18Everything Must Go$187246%3-1$62$2,709,26816Roadside Attractions
19The Conspirator$42-28%3-1$14$11,538,05820Roadside Attractions