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 Sun, Nov. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$7,236,897-29%3,112--$2,325$32,206,4251Relativity Media
2Puss in Boots (2011)$6,100,338-37%3,903-60$1,563$108,035,3593Paramount / DreamWorks
3Jack and Jill$5,538,214-42%3,438--$1,611$25,003,5751Sony / Columbia
4Tower Heist$2,545,815-53%3,3703$755$43,465,6152Universal
5J. Edgar$2,496,018-44%1,910--$1,307$11,315,8581Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,351,865-41%2,8750$470$23,237,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$839,537-51%2,591-536$324$30,598,6183Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$693,563-55%2,776-510$250$100,808,8354Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$515,741-56%2,215-596$233$48,767,5145Paramount
10Real Steel$422,498-45%1,758-680$240$81,612,8046Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Courageous$264,987-34%905-233$293$31,565,8087Sony / TriStar
2Moneyball$205,294-58%813-465$253$71,857,8368Sony / Columbia
3The Ides of March$196,711-56%696-695$283$38,358,3186Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$195,631-39%947-1345$207$12,371,4403FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$168,354-37%705-400$239$69,634,0728Warner Bros.
6Anonymous$146,483-39%482-32$304$3,753,9183Sony / Columbia
7Margin Call$128,818-49%19921$647$3,310,9654Roadside Attractions
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$122,429-40%18385$669$1,681,5204Fox Searchlight
9The Three Musketeers (2011)$118,183-41%669-1194$177$19,167,1754Summit
1050/50$110,527-50%424-323$261$33,841,6447Summit
11The Smurfs$79,611-39%269-9$296$141,671,84216Sony / Columbia
12Contagion$74,832-43%35595$211$74,865,77710Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$55,580-34%210-434$265$8,129,4554Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$33,921-35%164-35$207$176,332,80915Fox
15Sarah's Key$30,302-23%162-156$187$7,576,48017Weinstein Company
16Killer Elite$18,383-28%16041$115$25,093,6078Open Road
17Dream House$17,165-51%172-158$100$21,283,4407Universal
18Crazy, Stupid, Love$17,023-53%130-42$131$84,244,87716Warner Bros.
19The Thing (2011)$16,145-40%141-243$115$16,907,4505Universal
20Abduction$14,270-55%127-80$112$27,483,0338Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$133,374-36%7054$1,905$1,055,7783Paramount Vantage
2Born to Be Wild 3D$30,780-29%490$628$14,144,83332Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$25,617-44%75-61$342$34,259,3119FilmDistrict
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,878-22%85-140$187$380,955,61918Warner Bros.
5The Mighty Macs$14,067-35%61-40$231$1,825,7364Quaker Media
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,753-31%72-26$191$38,421,12413Weinstein Company
7I Don't Know How She Does It$6,716-46%8375$81$9,639,2429Weinstein Company
8The Big Year$6,021-60%83-130$73$7,082,0635Fox
9What's Your Number?$4,934-46%63-39$78$13,987,4827Fox
10Shark Night 3D$4,460-33%29-15$154$18,860,40311Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,890-28%32-20$122$24,042,49012FilmDistrict
12Apollo 18$2,664-2%18-75$148$17,683,67011Weinstein Company
13Our Idiot Brother$1,815-33%12-23$151$24,809,54712Weinstein Company
14The Double (2011)$1,746-21%12-33$146$134,2863Image Entertainment
15Laugh at My Pain$1,206-59%13-26$93$7,688,75610CodeBlack Entertainment
16Munger Road$895-59%7-2$128$266,1907Freestyle Releasing
17The Son of No One$736-37%4-6$184$28,8702Anchor Bay Films
18Circumstance$5367%50$107$439,95812Roadside Attractions
19Machine Gun Preacher$482-41%120$40$526,8488Relativity Media
20The Future$296700%3-2$99$568,08016Roadside Attractions
21Texas Killing Fields$189-52%3-7$63$45,2825Anchor Bay Films
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$156-55%1-4$156$487,50611Indomina Media