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, Apr. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,951,643-26%2,015--$969$40,974,3151Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,363,043-27%3,155--$432$27,198,2091Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$944,136-17%3,752-164$252$360,163,1555Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$688,922-16%1,563--$441$12,936,3251Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$654,133-25%2,8110$233$29,494,1102Lionsgate
6American Reunion$454,955-29%3,033-170$150$50,095,2353Universal
721 Jump Street$395,573-20%2,427-308$163$128,510,0076Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$388,580-29%3,4825$112$31,314,7412Fox
9Titanic 3D$333,088-23%2,515-182$132$53,992,0383Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$298,150-20%2,502-600$119$78,222,5364Warner Bros.
11Lockout$268,172-24%2,33527$115$12,122,7382Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$265,436-19%2,938-268$90$56,347,6654Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$94,980-20%1,583-529$60$207,477,5558Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$69,5620%263105$264$1,727,7754Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$68,225-5%44611$153$7,274,1597CBS Films
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$30,263-22%444-58$68$101,337,91611Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$19,455-14%301-70$65$125,668,87511Universal
5This Means War$16,460-6%29310$56$54,159,07710Fox
6Project X (2012)$15,841-12%258113$61$54,543,2568Warner Bros.
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,614-4%1064$147$983,9292Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,672-13%122-61$104$4,068,2536Paramount Vantage
9The Iron Lady$12,2761%102-44$120$29,992,37717Weinstein Company
10Act of Valor$11,799-12%229-123$52$69,509,1939Relativity Media
11Blue Like Jazz$10,386-9%126-10$82$500,3632Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,484-1%137-28$62$64,332,02712Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,426-1%135-18$33$132,936,97519Fox
14A Thousand Words$3,880-23%168-109$23$17,950,0057Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,031-1%50--$801$384,2781Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,95314%32-8$780$18,391,40955Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$7,799-25%83-30$94$7,114,8747Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$6,614-14%86-35$77$44,174,60122Weinstein Company
5Casa de mi Padre$4,2015%58-63$72$5,787,2536Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Touchback$3,5621%6919$52$152,6512Anchor Bay Films
7The Woman in Black$3,333-10%90-32$37$54,290,08912CBS Films
8We Bought a Zoo$3,30510%66-17$50$75,557,59718Fox
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,089-23%32-1$65$43,408,77211Fox
10Silent House (2012)$2,014-52%590$34$12,735,9137Open Road
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,867-12%81-44$23$34,859,4769Lionsgate
12Red Tails$1,545-25%39-4$40$49,830,77614Fox
13W.E.$1,275-16%15-2$85$568,50912Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,145-12%14-4$82$690,02614Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$90916%170$53$507,41510Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$457-55%153$30$3,000,27513Roadside Attractions