Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 14, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 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 $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 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 an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 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 $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 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 an estimated $8.04 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 $305.93 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 an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 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 $5,315 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 is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fourth and sixth place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 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 an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Sep. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$3,829,418121%2,9930$1,279$29,797,9562Sony / Columbia
2Dolphin Tale$3,486,960110%3,5158$992$26,758,3372Warner Bros.
3The Lion King 3D$3,297,33749%2,34010$1,409$71,891,4863Disney
4Courageous$3,127,940--1,161--$2,694$3,127,9401Sony / TriStar
550/50$2,887,377--2,458--$1,175$2,887,3771Summit
6Dream House$2,887,185--2,661--$1,085$2,887,1851Universal
7What's Your Number?$2,030,403--3,002--$676$2,030,4031Fox
8Abduction$1,705,932150%3,1180$547$15,195,1202Lionsgate
9Killer Elite$1,513,828101%2,9860$507$14,098,2752Open Road
10Contagion$1,481,750105%2,744-392$540$61,144,2154Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$1,008,63871%1,974-930$511$24,721,9523FilmDistrict
12The Help$891,94363%2,505-190$356$157,248,9718Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Teacher$261,151--354122$738$100,013,34915Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$230,757148%278-9$830$5,746,2454CodeBlack Entertainment
3The Debt$171,22529%603-464$284$29,616,0925Focus
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$146,86053%591-587$248$174,088,4149Fox
5Warrior (2011)$137,77522%707-704$195$12,760,1794Lionsgate
6Straw Dogs (2011)$134,037-34%874-1534$153$9,775,2593Sony / Screen Gems
7I Don't Know How She Does It$127,843-45%745-1745$172$8,948,2813Weinstein Company
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$126,00249%405-270$311$82,491,45910Warner Bros.
9Captain America: The First Avenger$121,298353%35016$347$175,015,50911Paramount
10Colombiana$112,91023%412-435$274$35,550,9776Sony / TriStar
11The Smurfs$74,29485%411-258$181$138,547,29010Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$69,43267%252-68$276$379,041,77912Warner Bros.
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$63,943-26%710-497$90$37,248,7387Weinstein Company
14Horrible Bosses$55,07392%222-91$248$117,107,26213Warner Bros. / New Line
15Cowboys & Aliens$54,225142%241-104$225$99,420,04110Universal
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$52,52574%208-43$253$352,073,90314Paramount / DreamWorks
17Zookeeper$51,720--253-41$204$79,752,59313Sony / Columbia
18Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$37,89743%216-208$175$23,617,2656FilmDistrict
19Shark Night 3D$36,3741%292-345$125$18,386,7915Relativity Media
20Sarah's Key$29,42847%139-12$212$6,689,70711Weinstein Company
21Seven Days in Utopia$28,708--135-137$213$4,048,5275Visio Entertainment
22Final Destination 5$20,52935%144-110$143$42,465,8738Warner Bros. / New Line
23Our Idiot Brother$20,517-21%136-275$151$24,559,4896Weinstein Company
24Mr. Popper's Penguins$15,815143%103-50$154$68,077,47716Fox
25Apollo 18$13,96911%114-225$123$17,447,7895Weinstein Company
26Conan the Barbarian (2011)$13,366451%11559$116$21,233,7657Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,7107%490$545$13,096,38326Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$25,530613%3329$774$83,7292Relativity Media
3Munger Road$16,406--1--$16,406$16,4061Freestyle Releasing
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,63061%34-14$430$316,5325Indomina Media
5Circumstance$5,90621%23-6$257$331,2426Roadside Attractions
6Muran$5,121--10--$512$5,1211UTV Communications
7Thunder Soul$4,87718%13-22$375$69,7292Roadside Attractions
8Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$3,470--9--$386$3,4701UTV Communications
9The Future$2,55496%16-11$160$529,85710Roadside Attractions
10Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$2,082--6--$347$2,0821Freestyle Releasing
11Margaret$2,072--2--$1,036$2,0721Fox Searchlight
12Project Nim$486-66%7-11$69$396,42013Roadside Attractions