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, Feb. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chronicle$3,258,907-68%2,907--$1,121$22,004,0981Fox
2The Woman in Black$2,934,910-69%2,855--$1,028$20,874,0721CBS Films
3Big Miracle$1,564,815-60%2,129--$735$7,760,2051Universal
4The Grey$1,397,810-71%3,20722$436$34,557,5322Open Road
5Underworld Awakening$1,069,717-61%2,636-442$406$54,253,6653Sony / Screen Gems
6One For the Money$911,166-65%2,7370$333$19,624,2662Lionsgate
7The Descendants$731,153-69%2,03837$359$65,475,59512Fox Searchlight
8Red Tails$666,314-74%2,347-226$284$41,059,0533Fox
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$638,448-52%1,719-426$371$44,908,1324Disney
10Man on a Ledge$621,465-72%2,9980$207$14,615,8102Lionsgate
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$609,049-69%2,505-125$243$26,670,0437Warner Bros.
12Hugo$506,050-58%1,03065$491$61,911,42911Paramount
13The Artist$500,215-63%1,005108$498$20,631,85111Weinstein Company
14Contraband$470,810-74%2,047-603$230$62,021,5554Universal
15The Iron Lady$377,583-60%1,021-223$370$20,655,5326Weinstein Company
16Joyful Noise$282,215-63%1,350-671$209$28,964,4584Warner Bros.
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$251,401-73%1,077-577$233$205,200,7768Paramount
18Haywire$196,922-68%1,251-1190$157$17,847,6713Relativity Media
19War Horse$166,384-67%1,163-698$143$77,296,2877Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$282,187-51%818-252$345$128,351,8058Fox
2The Adventures of Tintin$175,180-51%486-216$360$75,323,3197Paramount
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$158,762-70%857-673$185$183,885,1238Warner Bros.
4We Bought a Zoo$147,119-63%754-335$195$72,721,4417Fox
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$145,119-74%668-534$217$99,903,8237Sony / Columbia
6Albert Nobbs$119,417-49%2450$487$1,528,7052Roadside Attractions
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$114,770-69%302-108$380$21,185,1219Focus
8Happy Feet Two$64,885-52%255-54$254$63,432,48812Warner Bros.
9Puss in Boots (2011)$60,909-54%253-17$241$148,459,36715Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$58,700-57%296105$198$280,876,46512Lionsgate / Summit
11My Week with Marilyn$47,899-64%171-15$280$13,005,86111Weinstein Company
12Jack and Jill$39,573-63%222-31$178$73,619,45113Sony / Columbia
13The Devil Inside$25,775-66%303-419$85$53,056,8895Paramount
14New Year's Eve$18,279-66%222160$82$54,384,1219Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Sitter$14,882-59%126-19$118$30,320,1959Fox
16J. Edgar$6,886-65%135-73$51$37,258,64013Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$23,692-49%450$526$15,996,21744Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$22,397-55%64-16$350$3,465,39610Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$10,915-49%4--$2,729$47,0741Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$9,920-56%142$709$212,3363Weinstein Company
5Pariah (2011)$6,894-61%195$363$621,0516Focus
6Immortals$6,361-60%62-55$103$83,454,93513Relativity Media
7In the Land of Blood and Honey$5,463-34%7-4$780$252,8017FilmDistrict
8The Darkest Hour$3,706-64%39-48$95$21,203,7647Summit
9Young Adult$3,439-65%58-29$59$16,234,3879Paramount
10Vettai$2,821-37%4-3$705$191,8644UTV Communications
11Drive (2011)$1,373-76%22-1$62$35,054,90921FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$293--21$147$5,352,84316Roadside Attractions