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 Mon, May. 14 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$7,923,789-74%4,3490$1,822$380,995,4362Disney
2Dark Shadows$2,311,455-75%3,755--$616$31,996,7291Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$481,497-76%2,05242$235$81,914,3374Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$398,480-73%2,531-263$157$387,405,5288Lionsgate
5The Five-Year Engagement$346,815-67%2,569-372$135$24,970,2353Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$316,061-73%2,839-166$111$54,104,2944Warner Bros.
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$198,060-82%3,079-279$64$23,245,0603Sony / Columbia
8Safe (2012)$160,041-68%1,690-581$95$15,877,4703Lionsgate
9The Raven$159,647-62%1,888-321$85$14,883,4223Relativity Media
10Chimpanzee$143,053-81%1,55928$92$25,860,5314Disneynature
11The Cabin in the Woods$119,616-55%1,029-640$116$39,873,5285Lionsgate
12The Three Stooges$61,590-82%1,416-758$43$41,215,3595Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$279,112-70%178151$1,568$4,023,7682Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$92,541-83%322--$287$1,476,6191Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$64,453-58%589-451$109$135,181,9969Sony / Columbia
4American Reunion$41,680-54%521-335$80$56,091,8506Universal
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$36,400-75%455-66$80$209,628,33511Universal
6Mirror Mirror$35,228-85%607-315$58$61,029,1147Relativity Media
7Bully (2012)$33,73211%2630$128$2,897,8037Weinstein Company
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$22,038-65%200-47$110$8,564,03010CBS Films
9The Artist$20,759-74%751710$28$44,460,22925Weinstein Company
10Titanic 3D$17,825-70%157-176$114$57,632,1356Paramount
11Lockout$16,787-61%255-56$66$14,153,4905Open Road
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$15,858-82%260-43$61$102,597,19214Warner Bros. / New Line
13Wrath of the Titans$14,272-72%265-450$54$82,004,4407Warner Bros.
14Safe House$7,480-71%136-39$55$126,157,13514Universal
15Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,192-49%11770$53$4,250,3479Paramount Vantage
16A Thousand Words$6,022-78%127-13$47$18,298,89210Paramount
17This Means War$5,681-66%132-39$43$54,592,46513Fox
18Act of Valor$5,302-57%118-75$45$69,909,25912Relativity Media
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,872-77%110-33$35$35,014,06412Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 14 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$41,516-40%49-1$847$1,454,3014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,564-20%340$399$18,798,28158Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sound of My Voice$8,410-51%4618$183$196,6843Fox Searchlight
4The Road (2012)$7,450-57%50--$149$64,1421Freestyle Releasing
5Casa de mi Padre$3,729-68%56-12$67$5,898,9679Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,752-83%23-7$120$1,183,6825Code Black Entertainment
7Chronicle$2,646-70%51-27$52$64,514,40915Fox
8Project X (2012)$2,041-47%40-32$51$54,726,31311Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,735-78%67-8$26$133,064,15422Fox
10Friends With Kids$1,706-46%362$47$7,208,50610Roadside Attractions
11Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$910-83%10--$91$18,0111UTV Communications
12Coriolanus$861-56%11-7$78$741,03017Weinstein Company
13Undefeated$646-50%130$50$541,96513Weinstein Company
14Red Tails$432-45%9-3$48$49,867,04617Fox
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$410-70%12-5$34$43,454,06614Fox
16Blue Like Jazz$384-79%11-9$35$589,0845Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$340-67%4-8$85$203,0535Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$253-63%2--$127$2,3971Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$40-84%2-3$20$3,014,58116Roadside Attractions