'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, May. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,021,480-24%2,0150$507$64,087,5502Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$822,080-27%2,936--$280$13,384,5851Universal
3The Hunger Games$712,316-18%3,572-180$199$374,317,4556Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$684,468-29%3,17520$216$41,735,7132Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$556,763-33%2,266--$246$9,926,7401Lionsgate
6The Raven$513,091-27%2,203--$233$9,096,0321Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$463,688-23%3,358--$138$12,731,7021Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$400,392-21%2,639-172$152$36,104,7673Lionsgate
1021 Jump Street$237,587-22%1,820-607$131$132,724,0347Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$236,665-29%2,154-879$110$54,278,9804Universal
12The Three Stooges$213,954-23%3,105-377$69$37,634,0973Fox
13Titanic 3D$150,780-18%1,409-1106$107$56,767,5274Paramount
14Wrath of the Titans$148,363-24%1,572-930$94$81,030,5315Warner Bros.
15Mirror Mirror$128,654-19%2,017-921$64$59,300,6245Relativity Media
16Lockout$77,869-26%1,259-1076$62$13,603,2893Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$58,1743%2630$221$2,283,1235Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$46,071-10%335-111$138$7,911,5708CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$39,735-18%883-700$45$208,568,2009Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$22,062-24%401-43$55$101,962,44812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$16,283-14%28556$57$69,734,07510Relativity Media
6Safe House$14,885-7%229-72$65$125,900,46512Universal
7This Means War$11,914-16%232-61$51$54,388,40311Fox
8A Thousand Words$8,411-25%1691$50$18,099,8418Paramount
9Project X (2012)$7,254-11%155-103$47$54,660,4529Warner Bros.
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,512-9%111-24$32$133,001,71720Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$43,22716%500$865$781,7812Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,41512%342$600$18,549,07556Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,107-10%79-43$77$4,157,4127Paramount Vantage
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$5,758-21%67-39$86$1,102,8483Code Black Entertainment
5The Artist$4,135-4%50-36$83$44,223,14423Weinstein Company
6Friends With Kids$3,900-9%53-30$74$7,165,1128Roadside Attractions
7Blue Like Jazz$3,836-14%46-80$83$563,8143Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$3,286-13%5--$657$46,6291Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$2,342-34%63-27$37$54,330,70613CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,069-14%52-14$40$75,592,88119Fox
11Coriolanus$1,8384%140$131$712,72515Weinstein Company
12Touchback$1,7622%28-41$63$188,2833Anchor Bay Films
13Casa de mi Padre$1,7391%36-22$48$5,817,5587Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,709-24%27-5$63$43,437,10712Fox
15Undefeated$1,41736%203$71$522,89311Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$1,238-30%23-16$54$49,852,41315Fox
17W.E.$1,028-10%10-5$103$578,68813Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$999-14%22-37$45$12,753,8338Open Road
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$820-10%39-42$21$34,878,99610Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$6845%161$43$3,010,94014Roadside Attractions