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 Wed, Nov. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,779,2879%4,070--$3,140$175,709,9691Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$7,401,97631%3,52621$2,099$177,997,3202Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$4,837,243--3,653--$1,324$4,837,2430Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$4,213,21134%2,0182007$2,088$32,294,0802Disney / DreamWorks
5Red Dawn (2012)$4,164,915--2,679--$1,555$4,164,9150FilmDistrict
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,724,61532%3,259-493$1,143$130,226,5683Disney
7Life of Pi$3,645,051--2,902--$1,256$3,645,0510Fox
8Flight$1,269,04610%2,638591$481$64,791,2423Paramount
9Argo$577,134-4%1,255-1508$460$93,580,9136Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$92,336-58%1,350-694$68$41,441,6156Sony / Columbia
11Hotel Transylvania$72,513-54%1,248-1318$58$143,084,6588Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$661,5931058%367--$1,803$1,211,2361Weinstein Company
2Jab Tak Hai Jaan$171,68224%1644$1,047$2,328,3241Yash Raj Films
3Pitch Perfect$171,465-38%497-894$345$61,704,4788Universal
4Taken 2$159,892-51%739-1748$216$135,362,7907Fox
5The Sessions$102,681-13%510382$201$3,132,0145Fox Searchlight
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$86,272-35%242-365$356$15,874,3159Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloud Atlas$73,160-56%258-1765$284$25,287,2144Warner Bros.
8Looper$48,95933%293-198$167$65,224,3318Sony / TriStar
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$44,21326%456-1446$97$17,237,0714Open Road
10The Man With the Iron Fists$40,310-69%205-1667$197$14,949,7053Universal
11ParaNorman$20,3413%173-25$118$55,690,50814Focus
12A Late Quartet$19,268-5%10038$193$586,2473Entertainment One / RKO
13Sinister$18,058-75%127-1427$142$47,597,3046Lionsgate / Summit
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$16,09519%116-31$139$160,730,40519Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$15,579-19%140-281$111$35,576,8549Warner Bros.
16The Dark Knight Rises$14,7805%160-83$92$447,951,40018Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$14,234-11%13860$103$31,399,1619Relativity Media
18Alex Cross$13,115-66%144-946$91$25,276,2835Lionsgate / Summit
19Fun Size$12,737-46%388-913$33$9,204,5764Paramount
20Paranormal Activity 4$9,221-85%108-2240$85$53,615,9045Paramount
21The Campaign$1,934-49%101-37$19$86,906,27615Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$121,130232%63--$1,923$511,4791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$18,1635%520$349$9,867,90131Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Psychopaths$16,832-40%78-278$216$14,523,8026CBS Films
4Chasing Mavericks$14,477-56%75-384$193$5,692,4314Fox
5End of Watch$9,46510%75-50$126$39,152,3839Open Road
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,565-3%62-20$138$48,893,89616Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,232-6%300$241$21,339,36285Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$6,59846%26-8$254$13,018,53026Weinstein Company
9The Master$5,006-38%25-63$200$15,808,18610Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$4,591-35%80-7$57$7,779,36010Roadside Attractions
11This Must Be the Place$4,25467%8-3$532$97,5903Weinstein Company
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$620-39%15-28$41$3,328,3576Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$456-58%11-9$41$37,391,35512Weinstein Company