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, Nov. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$1,586,052-15%3,112--$510$40,727,9301Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$838,104-5%3,438--$244$29,027,9061Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$801,612-1%3,903-60$205$111,587,5623Paramount / DreamWorks
4J. Edgar$738,036-15%1,9101903$386$14,794,6941Warner Bros.
5Tower Heist$655,515-10%3,3703$195$46,433,7752Universal
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$453,136-13%2,8750$158$25,432,8462Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$247,031-11%2,591-536$95$31,743,8413Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$174,914-10%2,776-510$63$101,618,6774Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$126,666-5%2,215-596$57$49,305,6805Paramount
10Real Steel$92,846-3%1,758-680$53$82,004,0466Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Courageous$95,54719%905-233$106$31,907,9787Sony / TriStar
2The Ides of March$67,744-8%696-695$97$38,639,8716Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$66,357-9%813-465$82$72,128,9048Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$63,781-22%947-1345$67$12,691,1973FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$55,8631%482-32$116$3,976,3423Sony / Columbia
6Martha Marcy May Marlene$46,414-5%18385$254$1,873,7874Fox Searchlight
750/50$43,0380%424-323$102$34,012,3727Summit
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$41,60215%669-1194$62$19,332,7314Summit
9The Way$33,790-2%171-53$198$2,763,6056Producers Distribution Agency
10Dolphin Tale$33,32119%705-400$47$69,756,1378Warner Bros.
11Contagion$26,987-1%35595$76$74,978,87110Warner Bros.
12Sarah's Key$13,4741%162-156$83$7,629,91617Weinstein Company
13Johnny English Reborn$10,485-1%210-434$50$8,182,1604Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,7192%164-35$53$176,368,59415Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$8,3756%130-42$64$84,276,47616Warner Bros.
16Killer Elite$7,5551%16041$47$25,124,9868Open Road
17The Thing (2011)$5,57011%141-243$40$16,928,6705Universal
18Abduction$4,329-8%127-80$34$27,502,5348Lionsgate
19Dream House$4,3251%172-158$25$21,302,3407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$47,113-2%7054$673$1,245,0063Paramount Vantage
2Margin Call$43,725-5%0-178--$3,492,2374Roadside Attractions
3The Descendants$39,423-1%5--$7,885$79,2000Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,73763%490$403$14,199,88832Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Drive (2011)$7,951-28%75-61$106$34,301,3479FilmDistrict
6The Mighty Macs$5,938-11%61-40$97$1,845,3884Quaker Media
7The Big Year$2,96411%83-130$36$7,093,2835Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,907-48%85-140$34$380,974,76218Warner Bros.
9I Don't Know How She Does It$2,8839%8375$35$9,651,0469Weinstein Company
10What's Your Number?$2,32910%63-39$37$13,996,9857Fox
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,81117%72-26$25$38,428,87613Weinstein Company
12Inni$1,22451%4-3$306$82,3433Cinema Purgatorio
13The Double (2011)$912-13%12-33$76$137,9223Image Entertainment
14Our Idiot Brother$79845%12-23$67$24,812,61912Weinstein Company
15Shark Night 3D$768-3%27-17$28$18,863,96411Relativity Media
16Apollo 18$506-11%18-75$28$17,685,91311Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$35464%50$71$440,97212Roadside Attractions
18Machine Gun Preacher$350-2%120$29$528,0818Relativity Media
19Laugh at My Pain$235-48%13-25$18$7,690,19710CodeBlack Entertainment
20The Son of No One$224-20%4-6$56$30,6802Anchor Bay Films
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$80400%1-4$80$487,70011Indomina Media
22The Future$26117%3-2$9$568,18616Roadside Attractions
23Texas Killing Fields$18-63%3-7$6$45,4705Anchor Bay Films