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 Tue, Dec. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,162,08331%3,401-62$342$263,450,5325Sony / Columbia
2Life of Pi$1,002,93546%2,94618$340$62,638,9493Fox
3Lincoln$941,12420%2,014-4$467$98,863,9955Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$856,92820%3,646-362$235$270,260,1314Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$631,41031%3,639-33$174$62,887,3463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$578,75239%2,837--$204$6,745,9731FilmDistrict
7Killing Them Softly$403,51332%2,4240$166$12,539,3872Weinstein Company
8Flight$378,30530%2,431-172$156$86,872,8266Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$365,05723%2,754-27$133$37,902,2643FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$318,99427%2,746-341$116$164,973,9696Disney
11The Collection$145,4447%1,4030$104$5,736,9952LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$110,09618%1,2491225$88$40,192,92212Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$247,46430%3710$667$14,402,1224Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$215,69826%42238$511$6,989,4554Focus
3Argo$164,17727%944-99$174$103,453,0719Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$88,99427%181131$492$1,820,8003Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$42,222118%162-12$261$2,490,4922Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$38,54815%430-66$90$137,772,43210Fox
7The Sessions$29,13613%197-29$148$5,003,3488Fox Searchlight
8Pitch Perfect$28,89024%387-16$75$63,569,51811Universal
9Cloud Atlas$26,10521%191-3$137$26,500,6677Warner Bros.
10Looper$18,29419%232--$79$66,179,79011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,65629%175-14$95$16,887,92712Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$13,93425%214100$65$25,642,9848Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$13,57525%1817$75$15,546,4956Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$12,15448%141-21$86$14,924,2589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,25516%520$197$10,148,15734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2A Late Quartet$10,07216%63-11$160$1,014,4016Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$8,79425%171$517$330,6053Warner Bros.
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,340-9%4--$1,835$96,7611Focus
5Sinister$4,77328%77-11$62$47,832,3489Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,65850%300$155$21,483,68588Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,00417%76-48$40$17,513,0027Open Road
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,995-14%90-12$33$160,959,70622Fox
9Hecho en Mexico$2,90319%2614$112$126,8182Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,712-8%81-23$33$55,931,44917Focus
11Chasing Mavericks$2,629-10%67-12$39$5,880,1067Fox
12The Master$2,24382%230$98$15,899,21513Weinstein Company
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,09410%62-18$34$448,134,64021Warner Bros.
14Trouble with the Curve$2,0332%71-29$29$35,758,58212Warner Bros.
15Arbitrage$1,96447%25-10$79$7,880,73813Roadside Attractions
16Fun Size$1,9382%80-36$24$9,406,2527Paramount
17House at the End of the Street$1,716-13%68-40$25$31,592,62112Relativity Media
18Paranormal Activity 4$1,70313%48-22$35$53,748,6298Paramount
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8832353%2--$442$84,79510Roadside Attractions
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$76222%47-5$16$48,986,17819Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7062%5-2$141$137,7406Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$58466%1--$584$5,2371GKIDS
23The Intouchables$48350%12-7$40$13,049,88429Weinstein Company