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, Dec. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,214,476-72%4,008-62$303$255,813,3423Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$1,127,736-72%3,463-63$326$246,712,8194Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,051,638-70%2,0180$521$84,617,8074Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$888,306-74%2,9281$303$49,401,3002Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$565,496-86%3,67219$154$49,401,6012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$554,350-65%2,424--$229$7,367,2501Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$411,133-73%2,78156$148$31,684,0862FilmDistrict
8Flight$362,013-68%2,603-35$139$81,827,9165Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$308,767-84%3,087-172$100$158,493,5805Disney
10The Collection$231,686-69%1,403--$165$3,335,9551LD Entertainment
11Argo$146,485-70%1,043-212$140$101,137,2518Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$232,973-71%3714$628$10,973,0853Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$214,222-68%384318$558$4,321,1433Focus
3Talaash$70,830-83%174--$407$17,088,6631Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$34,522-67%496-267$70$137,198,0769Fox
5The Sessions$31,416-65%226-289$139$4,613,5977Fox Searchlight
6Pitch Perfect$26,010-68%403-89$65$63,125,25310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$21,882-70%194-64$113$26,203,3376Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$17,808-65%189-53$94$16,658,86811Lionsgate / Summit
9The Man With the Iron Fists$10,520-63%174-31$60$15,397,0405Universal
10Seven Psychopaths$9,671-66%16280$60$14,787,7288CBS Films
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,284-63%124-66$43$17,471,4336Open Road
12Alex Cross$4,220-68%114-30$37$25,489,4457Lionsgate / Summit
13ParaNorman$3,618-82%104-30$35$55,876,44316Focus
14House at the End of the Street$3,318-70%108-30$31$31,555,10611Relativity Media
15Fun Size$2,839-81%116-28$24$9,365,4806Paramount
16Trouble with the Curve$2,836-60%100-40$28$35,723,89511Warner Bros.
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,772-82%102-7$27$160,886,84121Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$37,242-69%5033$745$824,8162Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$9,931-66%74-14$134$887,4565Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$6,522-46%520$125$10,057,84333Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hecho en Mexico$5,410-78%12--$451$81,5331Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Sinister$3,968-59%88-39$45$47,773,8518Lionsgate / Summit
6Chasing Mavericks$3,619-69%7919$46$5,835,7086Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,554-62%300$118$21,435,79887Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Dark Knight Rises$3,212-68%80-28$40$448,097,00820Warner Bros.
9Arbitrage$3,037-58%35-13$87$7,854,08112Roadside Attractions
10End of Watch$2,599-61%24-10$108$39,229,06211Open Road
11The Master$2,519-46%23-2$110$15,875,75212Weinstein Company
12Paranormal Activity 4$2,417-59%70-38$35$53,720,3267Paramount
13Silent Night$1,254-50%11--$114$11,0341Anchor Bay Films
14The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,133-93%161$71$177,9822Warner Bros.
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$598-92%52-7$12$48,964,15718Fox
16The Intouchables$573-82%19-7$30$13,043,67828Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$552-75%7-1$79$128,9505Weinstein Company