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 Wed, Jan. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,366,469-20%3,555100$384$173,925,4674Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,102,268-18%3,603-100$306$160,547,4494Warner Bros.
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,080,529-14%2,95036$366$80,178,3003Sony / Columbia
4The Devil Inside$951,368-32%2,285--$416$37,483,8331Paramount
5War Horse$849,358-14%2,783236$305$59,411,3693Disney / DreamWorks
6We Bought a Zoo$507,334-21%3,1707$160$58,011,4113Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$389,672-28%3,006-81$130$63,336,6483Paramount
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$312,529-23%3,425-299$91$112,676,1084Fox
9New Year's Eve$191,488-18%1,864-361$103$52,467,0335Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Darkest Hour$181,470-16%2,163-164$84$19,275,0173Summit
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$112,652-11%1,058-353$106$278,762,4298Lionsgate / Summit
12The Muppets$68,163-4%1,236-305$55$85,768,6067Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$466,313-8%809752$576$11,505,1165Focus
2The Descendants$292,764-2%737-21$397$44,744,8648Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$135,6650%1725$789$7,471,2977Weinstein Company
4Young Adult$133,887-12%830-157$161$15,147,3135Paramount
5Hugo$120,426-8%843-108$143$52,989,0787Paramount
6My Week with Marilyn$111,563-6%584-46$191$10,771,3227Weinstein Company
7The Sitter$97,943-17%758-590$129$29,038,9605Fox
8Puss in Boots (2011)$32,283-17%351-38$92$146,703,51011Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$23,665-16%29542$80$77,273,71010Universal
10J. Edgar$16,1794%152-303$106$36,905,4669Warner Bros.
11Happy Feet Two$15,110-7%285-240$53$61,401,3008Warner Bros.
12In Time$11,501-6%1329$87$37,272,67911Fox
13Immortals$10,302-16%128-100$80$82,884,6039Relativity Media
14Arthur Christmas$6,33737%280-1063$23$46,457,9577Sony / Columbia
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$6,174-21%125-120$49$35,054,63110Warner Bros. / New Line
16Dolphin Tale$5,301-19%149-39$36$72,182,85816Warner Bros.
17Footloose (2011)$5,134-21%131-51$39$51,796,76813Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$27,054-24%45-10$601$2,453,9206Fox Searchlight
2The Iron Lady$17,4237%51$3,485$569,5402Weinstein Company
3Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$11,590-4%60$1,932$532,4083Warner Bros.
4Pariah (2011)$10,220-7%117$929$262,3262Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,472-21%45-4$210$15,360,97540Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$6,573-8%305$219$34,930,42717FilmDistrict
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,968-4%75$567$102,4573FilmDistrict
8Margin Call$2,307-30%301$77$5,308,86812Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$2,12110%15-15$141$3,393,23911Paramount Vantage
10Inni$390141%1--$390$122,69911Cinema Purgatorio