Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 14, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 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 $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 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 an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 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 $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 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 an estimated $8.04 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 $305.93 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 an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 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 $5,315 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 is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fourth and sixth place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 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 an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Mar. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,404,460-32%3,729--$5,740$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$5,298,439-31%3,055--$1,734$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,682,323-39%3,05314$1,206$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,978,575-43%2,553-499$775$108,355,4254Universal
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,937,173-40%3,060-290$633$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,811,595-47%2,1320$850$25,791,6932Lionsgate
7The Vow$1,402,822-49%2,826-212$496$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,297,483-42%2,487-687$522$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
9This Means War$1,290,112-50%2,342-847$551$41,399,9623Fox
10The Artist$994,382-41%1,756790$566$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
11Wanderlust$980,980-44%2,0020$490$12,484,6552Universal
12Gone$660,429-53%2,1860$302$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$495,840-46%1,054-743$470$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$478,537-32%1,431-91$334$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$356,519-40%406-95$878$71,300,19515Paramount
2Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$345,774-35%731-887$473$42,218,7794Fox
3The Descendants$323,070-50%694-195$466$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$245,970-38%511-11$481$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
5The Woman in Black$244,842-57%812-915$302$52,241,3905CBS Films
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$101,600-41%3143$324$130,804,28112Fox
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$79,925-39%256131$312$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
8Big Miracle$78,980-44%359-269$220$19,362,1405Universal
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,259-51%126-38$526$23,665,41513Focus
10The Grey$66,111-45%308-609$215$50,735,5106Open Road
11We Bought a Zoo$65,027-44%266-14$244$74,406,78211Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$61,802-50%266-67$232$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,461-43%30323$200$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$54,319-40%215-57$253$77,167,15711Paramount
15Red Tails$49,403-43%249-240$198$49,023,7167Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$37,419-51%107-71$350$208,019,61312Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$36,383-41%120-282$303$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
18Joyful Noise$31,295-41%202-75$155$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
19Contraband$31,080-45%148-49$210$66,362,0658Universal
20One For the Money$16,221-41%117-112$139$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,370-20%400$759$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$22,569-40%138$1,736$164,0583Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$20,275-30%68-32$298$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
4Underworld Awakening$20,003-40%79-181$253$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
5Happy Feet Two$16,054-18%850$189$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
6W.E.$14,027-27%194$738$327,5085Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$11,652-41%4--$2,913$43,9901Focus
8Coriolanus$10,826-37%146$773$410,2667Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$9,738-33%26-22$375$155,2472UTV Communications
10Shame$9,302-28%22-3$423$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$6,863-29%10--$686$20,5681UTV Communications
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,977-44%25-10$119$1,150,1304UTV Communications
13Pariah (2011)$2,692-52%130$207$730,36210Focus
14Haywire$2,014-60%32-5$63$18,852,9517Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,949-24%84$244$301,30511FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,473-33%17-8$87$53,201,7159Paramount