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 Thu, Sep. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,249,5022%2,330--$965$39,546,0701Disney
2Contagion$1,003,0803%3,2220$311$48,556,6722Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$964,752-2%2,886--$334$15,653,3751FilmDistrict
4The Help$670,3386%3,01479$222$150,044,1026Disney / DreamWorks
5I Don't Know How She Does It$366,138-2%2,476--$148$5,966,4251Weinstein Company
6Straw Dogs (2011)$350,177-5%2,408--$145$6,783,8541Sony / Screen Gems
7The Debt$278,2813%1,831-45$152$27,706,4633Focus
8Warrior (2011)$254,0171%1,88314$135$11,090,2912Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$192,9353%2,340-547$82$172,438,5237Fox
10Colombiana$191,0572%1,933-421$99$34,185,4434Sony / TriStar
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$141,49210%1,145-165$124$81,285,5508Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$127,3815%1,747-649$73$24,185,3864Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$103,506-2%2,082-766$50$17,756,4373Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$88,79711%1,334-917$67$23,123,5214FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$77,8361%1,795-1535$43$17,197,3803Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$52,9562%1,419-558$37$137,812,0568Sony / Columbia
17Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$48,1382%1,5000$32$2,529,3952Sony / Columbia
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,571-22%1,650-894$23$36,308,4385Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$102,6514%230132$446$4,030,4832CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$70,81416%601-209$118$378,436,86810Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$52,37616%540-264$97$174,490,9339Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$51,80716%437-118$119$3,783,8153Visio Entertainment
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$43,37311%306129$142$351,501,53912Paramount / DreamWorks
6Horrible Bosses$42,959-2%444-59$97$116,676,77111Warner Bros. / New Line
7Cowboys & Aliens$42,6758%614-306$70$98,998,5168Universal
8Sarah's Key$37,5714%266-40$141$6,460,1839Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$21,6051%307-67$70$36,930,2357Universal
10One Day$19,48916%254-238$77$13,843,7715Focus
11Final Destination 5$17,3401%302-353$57$42,210,9106Warner Bros. / New Line
12Bridesmaids$14,53013%170-27$85$168,998,49019Universal
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,2846%154-397$67$21,190,5255Lionsgate
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,62713%213-39$45$67,929,45514Fox
15Super 8$8,68116%159-44$55$126,901,81915Paramount
16Saving Private Perez$7,3426%116-49$63$1,360,5753Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Kung Fu Panda 2$5,6955%142-22$40$165,151,69817Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern$4,65313%103-52$45$116,568,36114Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$15,52527%490$317$12,890,28124Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$6,244-23%41-21$152$13,173,56317Fox Searchlight
3Circumstance$5,929-7%318$191$277,4494Roadside Attractions
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,128-3%1916$270$184,3083Indomina Media
5Attack the Block$3,47023%35-16$99$1,015,6938Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$2,8667%29--$99$511,7798Roadside Attractions
7Monte Carlo$2,840-29%46-23$62$23,144,31512Fox
8The Devil's Double$1,449-3%25-8$58$1,349,4658Lionsgate
9Another Earth$1,35665%17-24$80$1,297,7109Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$7548%176$44$387,06811Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$161-60%5-3$32$1,343,06910Fox Searchlight