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 Fri, Nov. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,500,983155%4,008-62$1,373$242,683,4873Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$4,866,907161%3,463-63$1,405$233,896,0964Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$4,040,663121%2,0180$2,002$74,230,1364Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$3,322,369151%2,9281$1,135$39,683,5102Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$2,970,844320%3,67219$809$38,418,0972Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$2,516,897--2,424--$1,038$2,516,8971Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,061,457209%2,78156$741$26,834,1652FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$1,655,532280%3,087-172$536$152,891,7955Disney
9Flight$1,311,355140%2,603-35$504$78,298,1915Paramount
10The Collection$1,158,063--1,403--$825$1,158,0631LD Entertainment
11Argo$567,005143%1,043-212$544$99,547,4228Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$911,153150%3714$2,456$8,561,1343Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$622,181580%384318$1,620$2,483,5323Focus
3Talaash$484,776--174--$2,786$484,7761Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$144,015158%496-267$290$136,839,5949Fox
5Pitch Perfect$128,760249%403-89$320$62,840,93310Universal
6The Sessions$92,7586%226-289$410$4,341,6247Fox Searchlight
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$67,431130%189-53$357$16,495,99011Lionsgate / Summit
8Cloud Atlas$67,38381%194-64$347$26,005,5006Warner Bros.
9Here Comes the Boom$65,589197%334-156$196$42,193,0428Sony / Columbia
10Looper$60,69293%280-13$217$65,775,86710Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$30,45056%174-31$175$15,314,3955Universal
12Seven Psychopaths$29,874194%16280$184$14,706,3838CBS Films
13Hotel Transylvania$28,646113%248-216$116$143,584,17110Sony / Columbia
14Alex Cross$14,650115%114-30$129$25,447,7267Lionsgate / Summit
15Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$14,30648%124-66$115$17,428,8376Open Road
16House at the End of the Street$12,158152%108-30$113$31,519,75711Relativity Media
17Trouble with the Curve$11,781105%100-40$118$35,698,41711Warner Bros.
18ParaNorman$11,657186%104-30$112$55,824,82216Focus
19Fun Size$11,635198%116-28$100$9,325,8106Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,719201%102-7$105$160,842,94821Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$107,450341%5033$2,149$486,3322Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$24,73264%74-14$334$808,8865Entertainment One / RKO
3Hecho en Mexico$23,583--12--$1,965$23,5831Lionsgate / Pantelion
4To the Arctic 3D$18,35262%520$353$10,018,40533Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Chasing Mavericks$12,802142%7919$162$5,801,9386Fox
6Sinister$12,236111%88-39$139$47,741,5638Lionsgate / Summit
7The Dark Knight Rises$12,12786%80-28$152$448,065,05820Warner Bros.
8Born to Be Wild 3D$11,738221%300$391$21,403,68087Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$10,680255%161$668$124,8842Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 4$8,483105%70-38$121$53,700,2557Paramount
11End of Watch$6,10382%24-10$254$39,209,85111Open Road
12Arbitrage$5,46160%35-13$156$7,836,40812Roadside Attractions
13The Master$5,15026%23-2$224$15,860,98012Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$4,174451%52-7$80$48,945,25518Fox
15Silent Night$3,359--11--$305$3,3591Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$2,08757%19-7$110$13,036,61528Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$1,648-1%7-1$235$123,4625Weinstein Company