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 Sun, Dec. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$4,389,831-42%4,008-62$1,095$254,598,8663Lionsgate / Summit
2Rise of The Guardians$4,159,102-34%3,67219$1,133$48,836,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$4,045,608-47%3,463-63$1,168$245,585,0834Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$3,477,829-35%2,9281$1,188$48,512,9942Fox
5Lincoln$3,454,022-41%2,0180$1,712$83,566,1694Disney / DreamWorks
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,975,043-40%3,087-172$640$158,184,8135Disney
7Killing Them Softly$1,578,435-42%2,424--$651$6,812,9001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,532,762-47%2,78156$551$31,272,9532FilmDistrict
9Flight$1,120,798-45%2,603-35$431$81,465,9035Paramount
10The Collection$745,083-38%1,403--$531$3,104,2691LD Entertainment
11Argo$483,948-50%1,043-212$464$100,990,7668Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$800,383-42%3714$2,157$10,740,1123Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$668,086-30%384318$1,740$4,106,9213Focus
3Talaash$418,662-43%174--$2,406$1,637,8331Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$103,230-53%496-267$208$137,163,5549Fox
5The Sessions$88,953-41%226-289$394$4,582,1817Fox Searchlight
6Pitch Perfect$80,795-54%403-89$200$63,099,24310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$73,883-28%194-64$381$26,181,4556Warner Bros.
8Looper$52,660-40%280-13$188$65,915,58510Sony / TriStar
9Here Comes the Boom$51,067-53%334-156$153$42,352,2508Sony / Columbia
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$50,819-46%189-53$269$16,641,06011Lionsgate / Summit
11Hotel Transylvania$39,260-41%248-216$158$143,690,12310Sony / Columbia
12The Man With the Iron Fists$28,625-34%174-31$165$15,386,5205Universal
13Seven Psychopaths$28,065-36%16280$173$14,778,0578CBS Films
14ParaNorman$20,097-28%104-30$193$55,872,82516Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,315-41%102-7$150$160,884,06921Fox
16Fun Size$14,660-34%116-28$126$9,362,6416Paramount
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$14,280-38%124-66$115$17,466,1496Open Road
18Alex Cross$13,351-45%114-30$117$25,485,2257Lionsgate / Summit
19House at the End of the Street$10,885-49%108-30$101$31,551,78811Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$7,089-54%100-40$71$35,721,05911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$120,155-34%5033$2,403$787,5742Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$29,395-25%74-14$397$877,5255Entertainment One / RKO
3Hecho en Mexico$24,564-12%12--$2,047$76,1231Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$17,092-51%161$1,068$176,8492Warner Bros.
5To the Arctic 3D$12,137-42%520$233$10,051,32133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Chasing Mavericks$11,853-35%7919$150$5,832,0896Fox
7The Dark Knight Rises$9,967-47%80-28$125$448,093,79620Warner Bros.
8Sinister$9,640-48%88-39$110$47,769,8838Lionsgate / Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$9,476-50%300$316$21,432,24487Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,202-35%52-7$139$48,963,55918Fox
11Arbitrage$7,162-4%35-13$205$7,851,04412Roadside Attractions
12End of Watch$6,665-33%24-10$278$39,226,46311Open Road
13Paranormal Activity 4$5,870-50%70-38$84$53,717,9097Paramount
14The Master$4,694-38%23-2$204$15,873,23312Weinstein Company
15The Intouchables$3,185-4%19-7$168$13,043,10528Weinstein Company
16Silent Night$2,518-35%11--$229$9,7801Anchor Bay Films
17This Must Be the Place$2,250-16%7-1$321$128,3985Weinstein Company