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 Mon, Nov. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,553,058-72%4,0700$627$229,919,1762Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$1,923,566-72%3,52621$546$223,067,6883Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,763,361-70%2,018243$874$64,604,1573Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,362,918-73%2,927--$466$31,936,0191Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$840,220-84%3,653--$230$33,181,3101Paramount / DreamWorks
6Red Dawn (2012)$820,173-71%2,725--$301$22,509,3351FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$561,576-84%3,259-363$172$149,840,2754Disney
8Flight$538,036-68%2,63826$204$75,257,0264Paramount
9Argo$212,327-72%1,255-955$169$98,274,6367Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$324,366-69%367351$884$6,534,1332Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$68,254-62%515-1$133$3,998,2536Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$54,379-68%763-1300$71$136,531,3828Fox
4Cloud Atlas$36,214-66%258-662$140$25,825,0715Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$31,980-73%492-630$65$62,603,9089Universal
6Looper$29,257-59%29379$100$65,616,3129Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$23,486-69%242-269$97$16,347,02310Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$22,198-74%490-860$45$42,059,4387Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$19,475-58%205-705$95$15,221,3854Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$14,175-84%464-784$31$143,516,3059Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,703-59%190-266$51$17,385,8045Open Road
12Alex Cross$7,254-64%144-391$50$25,411,6576Lionsgate / Summit
13Sinister$5,798-60%127-662$46$47,711,5017Lionsgate / Summit
14Trouble with the Curve$5,589-61%140-132$40$35,668,02810Warner Bros.
15House at the End of the Street$4,632-70%138-37$34$31,493,30610Relativity Media
16Fun Size$4,630-76%144-244$32$9,302,4125Paramount
17ParaNorman$3,991-84%134-46$30$55,800,56315Focus
18The Dark Knight Rises$3,668-72%108-52$34$448,038,03019Warner Bros.
19Paranormal Activity 4$3,401-63%108-742$31$53,680,1126Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,067-82%109-23$28$160,821,63120Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$69,451-72%6650$1,052$1,604,2832Focus
2Hitchcock$21,946-67%17--$1,291$309,6611Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$11,427-68%88-12$130$745,3054Entertainment One / RKO
4Seven Psychopaths$9,842-50%82-89$120$14,641,1657CBS Films
5To the Arctic 3D$7,625-51%520$147$9,965,59632Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$4,094-73%60-138$68$5,775,5475Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$4,089-48%300$136$21,379,38486Warner Bros. / IMAX
8End of Watch$3,156-60%34-41$93$39,194,58710Open Road
9The Master$2,910-66%25-27$116$15,845,41011Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$2,463-74%48-32$51$7,819,37011Roadside Attractions
11The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,837-86%15--$122$109,1701Warner Bros.
12This Must Be the Place$1,174-73%8-7$147$117,4244Weinstein Company
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,035-89%59-13$18$48,938,02217Fox
14The Intouchables$647-75%262$25$13,030,78227Weinstein Company
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$501-53%3520$14$3,334,3347Atlas Distribution
16Lawless$327-77%11-8$30$37,397,61813Weinstein Company