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, Dec. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$10,631,14829%3,4557$3,077$113,615,3553Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,628,27320%3,7030$2,060$117,650,5993Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$7,041,5478%3,724-10$1,891$83,573,2583Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,334,09129%2,9140$1,831$46,094,3952Sony / Columbia
5We Bought a Zoo$4,850,41719%3,16346$1,533$32,337,7342Fox
6War Horse$4,697,82030%2,547--$1,844$30,726,8632Disney / DreamWorks
7The Adventures of Tintin$4,405,2477%3,0870$1,427$40,444,2342Paramount
8New Year's Eve$2,254,31827%2,225-360$1,013$41,919,3684Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,656,45937%2,327--$712$10,631,1812Summit
10The Muppets$1,104,5359%1,541-211$717$80,971,7966Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$866,68014%1,411-192$614$274,336,4767Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$653,45123%1,348-438$485$25,297,5124Fox
13Arthur Christmas$309,145-14%1,343-461$230$45,446,2126Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,098,78733%758-55$1,450$37,123,4337Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$845,43013%951-285$889$47,838,0226Paramount
3Young Adult$759,86524%9870$770$10,729,0034Paramount
4The Artist$405,14027%1670$2,426$4,138,7146Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$311,68929%63028$495$8,322,0616Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$309,76311%3890$796$145,041,19110Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$161,5566%525-10$308$60,572,7217Warner Bros.
8Tower Heist$96,14074%253-30$380$76,577,0509Universal
9J. Edgar$79,25219%4550$174$36,406,2338Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$78,70932%2508$315$74,835,15815Sony / Columbia
11Jack and Jill$74,75417%222-163$337$71,583,4648Sony / Columbia
12Dolphin Tale$64,7596%1880$344$71,876,42515Warner Bros.
13Courageous$55,10220%181-11$304$33,938,49114Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$45,61219%2280$200$82,577,2418Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$38,04612%2450$155$34,834,5699Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$36,74012%1820$202$51,529,55612Paramount
17In Time$34,90654%123-8$284$36,991,53110Fox
18The Ides of March$30,90436%143-2$216$40,772,80513Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$21,47232%1240$173$103,961,16711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$349,83743%572$6,137$3,220,1554Focus
2The Iron Lady$77,235--4--$19,309$77,2351Weinstein Company
3Shame$71,69925%555$1,304$1,837,2825Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$48,466-7%490$989$15,106,74439Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$36,68128%6--$6,114$238,9552Warner Bros.
6Pariah (2011)$18,25685%4--$4,564$54,6631Focus
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$15,26514%16-4$954$696,9966Warner Bros.
8Drive (2011)$8,51953%25-1$341$34,817,04816FilmDistrict
9Margin Call$6,619-16%29-1$228$5,229,34011Roadside Attractions
10Like Crazy$4,227-10%300$141$3,362,69410Paramount Vantage
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,072-38%2-1$1,536$42,7352FilmDistrict
12Inni$24413%2--$122$117,21010Cinema Purgatorio