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. 23 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$12,649,372-11%4,10055$3,085$150,041,2652Warner Bros. / New Line
2Jack Reacher$4,524,644-20%3,352--$1,350$15,210,1561Paramount
3This is 40$3,451,905-22%2,913--$1,185$11,579,1751Universal
4Rise of The Guardians$1,933,775-13%3,031-356$638$79,527,0475Paramount / DreamWorks
5Lincoln$1,900,120-15%2,2938$829$116,673,5987Disney / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$1,738,424-16%2,431--$715$7,321,2431Paramount
7Skyfall$1,674,503-13%2,365-559$708$279,959,3147Sony / Columbia
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,501,316-20%2,618--$573$6,259,6671Disney
9Life of Pi$1,490,110-2%1,750-798$851$76,373,4815Fox
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$855,616-15%2,000-1042$428$281,632,6896Lionsgate / Summit
11Wreck-It Ralph$617,968-15%1,444-805$428$171,741,5618Disney
12Red Dawn (2012)$243,930-20%1,011-1239$241$42,626,7835FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$648,573-8%840--$772$2,282,3681Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$617,881-15%3710$1,665$19,861,2386Weinstein Company
3Argo$318,559-14%450-217$708$106,435,36311Warner Bros.
4Anna Karenina (2012)$232,669-14%331-78$703$9,639,3746Focus
5Flight$221,031-20%742-1081$298$90,957,8588Paramount
6Hitchcock$186,964-22%535-26$349$4,194,9685Fox Searchlight
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$130,416-19%851-1989$153$12,410,4633FilmDistrict
8Hotel Transylvania$102,455-21%301165$340$144,264,74013Sony / Columbia
9Here Comes the Boom$68,655-24%291141$236$42,936,47711Sony / Columbia
10Taken 2$61,944-26%275-64$225$138,469,72312Fox
11Killing Them Softly$38,931-8%149-1278$261$14,736,3314Weinstein Company
12Pitch Perfect$38,520-23%214-118$180$64,124,35813Universal
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,714-12%14116$182$17,146,73014Lionsgate / Summit
14End of Watch$24,293-13%1720$141$40,594,53814Open Road
15The Collection$23,763-24%112-509$212$6,810,7544LD Entertainment
16Looper$10,620-23%100-90$106$66,396,95413Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 23 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$146,975-5%5--$29,395$646,1621Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$123,613-29%8650$1,437$916,5713Focus
3The Impossible$50,662-9%15--$3,377$143,8181Lionsgate / Summit
4The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$33,170-31%151$2,211$621,6815Warner Bros.
5The Sessions$28,790-31%98-53$294$5,375,00910Fox Searchlight
6A Late Quartet$17,283-19%39-7$443$1,165,5218Entertainment One / RKO
7To the Arctic 3D$16,543-2%520$318$10,307,86436Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Cloud Atlas$14,522-6%50-48$290$26,721,9019Warner Bros.
9Talaash$13,529-4%25-88$541$2,801,6654Reliance Entertainment
10Sinister$8,941-22%93-91$96$47,988,00311Lionsgate / Summit
11Alex Cross$8,757-23%94-81$93$25,801,29110Lionsgate / Summit
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,303-32%72-12$101$161,055,79024Fox
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,72910%300$224$21,551,66790Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Not Fade Away$6,501-12%3--$2,167$19,1821Paramount Vantage
15Paranormal Activity 4$3,847-21%50-107$77$53,849,88810Paramount
16The Master$3,533-28%13-1$272$15,933,45215Weinstein Company
17The Intouchables$3,197-17%7-18$457$13,094,64631Weinstein Company
18ParaNorman$1,531-27%24-37$64$55,978,94219Focus
19Arbitrage$1,287-14%5-5$257$7,899,16615Roadside Attractions