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 Fri, Sep. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$3,631,457103%2,84365$1,277$108,022,0104Disney / DreamWorks
2Apollo 18$2,847,309--3,328--$856$2,847,3091Weinstein Company
3Shark Night 3D$2,797,477--2,806--$997$2,797,4771Relativity Media
4The Debt$2,631,999183%1,826--$1,441$4,533,4131Focus
5Colombiana$1,985,011140%2,6140$759$16,547,1332Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,867,251144%3,193-153$585$154,091,9445Fox
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,472,333147%2,78020$530$12,912,5222FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,436,170124%2,5550$562$11,671,5142Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,054,096113%3,007-298$351$25,453,4013Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$891,888108%2,706-155$330$128,844,5006Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$867,953154%1,450-127$599$72,071,6576Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$559,78783%1,092-236$513$372,710,7708Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$471,55557%1,355-716$348$33,669,2624Sony / Columbia
14Captain America: The First Avenger$456,605108%1,050-374$435$170,155,7797Paramount
15Cowboys & Aliens$444,375120%1,185-374$375$94,825,5306Universal
16Final Destination 5$382,11254%1,226-859$312$39,427,5104Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$372,70913%1,722-1293$216$18,590,2993Lionsgate
18One Day$358,55244%1,187-538$302$11,336,0873Focus
19Fright Night (2011)$345,7222%1,468-1646$236$16,107,8573Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$238,564--2,043--$117$187,717,47011Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$420,927--561--$750$420,9271Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$204,82074%539-365$380$35,220,2205Universal
3Saving Private Perez$198,079--161--$1,230$198,0791Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Horrible Bosses$176,733133%422-43$419$114,331,3819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Zookeeper$175,651--401176$438$77,451,8099Sony / Columbia
6Sarah's Key$146,26988%31947$459$4,568,4337Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$134,81980%424-94$318$349,894,56310Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$125,2141421%986911$127$98,425,60211Sony / Columbia
9Bridesmaids$74,800149%220-2$340$168,250,13517Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$70,792286%305111$232$164,431,46115Paramount / DreamWorks
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$70,286236%25213$279$67,191,80512Fox
12Super 8$69,913140%240-2$291$126,246,21913Paramount
13Friends With Benefits$48,187--161-53$299$55,395,3437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern$43,186105%185-37$233$116,106,80612Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$26,290110%101-9$260$146,196,27814Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$230,778--88--$2,622$541,4361Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$36,83423%490$752$12,297,55122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$24,036178%6636$364$770,0656Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$18,14317%86-11$211$12,927,24415Fox Searchlight
5Another Earth$16,06240%71-23$226$1,166,5047Fox Searchlight
6The Hangover Part II$14,96499%90-38$166$254,348,06615Warner Bros.
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,632--3--$4,877$14,6321Indomina Media
8Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$12,048-15%64-159$188$11,769,7014Fox
9Circumstance$10,84186%114$986$78,1532Roadside Attractions
10The Devil's Double$10,460-6%49-29$213$1,236,4336Lionsgate
11Beginners$8,94676%34-16$263$5,737,97714Focus
12The Future$6,781100%17-5$399$422,3226Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$5,20835%41-50$127$22,922,17610Fox
14In/Sight$3,146--23--$137$3,1461Check Entertainment
15Project Nim$2,19278%15-1$146$353,7619Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$1,87836%25-14$75$143,604,48021Fox
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,712--54$342$242,12951Collective Eye
185 Days of War$1,6931990%32$564$13,4513Anchor Bay Films
19Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,5879%12-3$132$1,327,1308Fox Searchlight
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,063--1--$1,063$1,0631Argot Pictures
21Redemption Road$824-4%10-16$82$23,1452Freestyle Releasing
22Insidious$74942%4-3$187$53,993,42423FilmDistrict
23The Music Never Stopped$150--1--$150$257,05325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$115-27%41$29$2,709,67117Roadside Attractions