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 Sat, Apr. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$7,692,46440%2,0150$3,818$56,058,4572Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,082,22385%3,358--$1,513$7,832,1821Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$4,967,27466%3,572-180$1,391$369,164,9926Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$4,622,87418%3,17520$1,456$37,125,8212Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$4,534,66030%2,936--$1,545$8,013,1601Universal
6Safe (2012)$3,131,70520%2,266--$1,382$5,751,8841Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,940,28916%2,203--$1,335$5,466,6021Relativity Media
8The Three Stooges$2,463,77490%3,105-377$793$35,503,3133Fox
9Chimpanzee$2,179,78236%1,5674$1,391$17,474,4702Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$2,012,34042%2,639-172$763$33,595,3853Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$1,365,80952%1,820-607$750$131,204,1517Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$1,313,94044%2,154-879$610$52,793,2254Universal
13Mirror Mirror$1,039,39485%2,017-921$515$58,239,7695Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$884,29268%1,572-930$563$79,955,9755Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$848,63465%1,409-1106$602$55,731,5634Paramount
16Lockout$419,65151%1,259-1076$333$13,087,0833Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$402,155107%883-700$455$208,184,0959Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$232,78180%401-43$581$101,733,49112Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$209,94084%335-111$627$7,674,6438CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$131,54136%2630$500$2,024,6485Weinstein Company
5This Means War$81,57844%232-61$352$54,314,55611Fox
6Safe House$75,68054%229-72$330$125,814,63512Universal
7Act of Valor$68,02155%28556$239$69,638,15910Relativity Media
8The Vow$53,91838%218-79$247$124,782,55612Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$52,82277%1691$313$18,037,6688Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$42,34969%127-48$333$51,638,38411Sony / Columbia
11Chronicle$33,73565%121-16$279$64,394,83713Fox
12Project X (2012)$32,75335%155-103$211$54,615,7999Warner Bros.
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$24,622165%111-24$222$132,975,79420Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$89,31624%500$1,786$596,4042Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$36,19772%67-39$540$1,058,3843Code Black Entertainment
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,74973%79-43$351$4,124,6207Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$27,097-13%342$797$18,476,10456Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sound of My Voice$16,03330%5--$3,207$28,3691Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$15,26724%46-80$332$542,1113Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$14,88044%53-30$281$7,148,5818Roadside Attractions
8The Artist$14,48592%50-36$290$44,203,68523Weinstein Company
9We Bought a Zoo$13,256102%52-14$255$75,580,59019Fox
10The Woman in Black$12,66643%63-27$201$54,315,26213CBS Films
11Touchback$11,68832%28-41$417$177,4433Anchor Bay Films
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,14987%27-5$339$43,425,33412Fox
13Casa de mi Padre$8,71960%36-22$242$5,804,9417Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$7,95658%39-42$204$34,874,85410Lionsgate
15Red Tails$7,23056%23-16$314$49,844,41315Fox
16Coriolanus$6,97564%140$498$702,67915Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$5,73040%22-37$260$12,748,4098Open Road
18Undefeated$4,93341%203$247$516,74211Weinstein Company
19Albert Nobbs$2,673102%161$167$3,006,13914Roadside Attractions
20W.E.$2,62418%10-5$262$574,63313Weinstein Company