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, Jan. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$10,227,996--2,654--$3,854$10,227,9961Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$6,177,84359%3,0100$2,052$92,447,2202Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$5,172,34535%3,755-345$1,377$251,461,8524Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$4,994,88051%2,90490$1,720$92,482,3602Universal
5Parental Guidance$3,137,81371%3,3681$932$45,772,8922Fox
6Jack Reacher$2,966,75570%3,288-64$902$58,471,0963Paramount
7This is 40$2,740,48577%2,93117$935$48,642,3303Universal
8Lincoln$1,604,54664%1,901-65$844$140,279,7659Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$1,465,24565%2,312-119$634$28,142,1793Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$1,307,8584980%1,6761651$780$1,653,3862Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,138,81118%2,103-515$542$25,132,4603Disney
12Skyfall$1,005,19947%1,307-330$769$294,734,7699Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$829,2126%1,507-548$550$95,381,2967Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,100,23382%7450$1,477$32,160,2928Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$837,69936%965-213$868$89,063,7957Fox
3The Impossible$777,1382638%572557$1,359$1,434,1673Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$450,53128%825-366$546$288,206,8178Lionsgate / Summit
5Wreck-It Ralph$363,4728%709-204$513$177,683,38810Disney
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$361,16311%817-23$442$9,954,0933Paramount
7Hyde Park on Hudson$272,210317%222138$1,226$2,450,8135Focus
8Argo$225,10669%302-43$745$109,542,80413Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$141,535--267-34$530$145,848,21215Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$102,2165%163-55$627$11,275,8258Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$91,390--243-9$376$43,910,75613Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$80,117920%565546$142$226,9153Paramount Vantage
13Flight$77,58429%250-150$310$92,311,64110Paramount
14Taken 2$64,18270%213-19$301$139,141,15014Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$61,82012%252-173$245$43,757,5907FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$42,95551%165-18$260$64,570,05815Universal
17Hitchcock$42,947-30%118-231$364$5,380,3257Fox Searchlight
18Cloud Atlas$30,509794%155110$197$26,831,19811Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$20,12123%140-22$144$40,844,83416Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$18,535-10%139-129$133$12,816,9985FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$813,4221007%6055$13,557$2,523,5543Sony / Columbia
2To the Arctic 3D$27,7053%520$533$10,612,83038Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$27,06328%98-27$276$17,425,35316Lionsgate / Summit
4The Sessions$14,45612%41-39$353$5,589,44712Fox Searchlight
5Killing Them Softly$12,99693%51-17$255$14,876,8206Weinstein Company
6A Late Quartet$11,3816%23-14$495$1,328,66310Entertainment One / RKO
7Born to Be Wild 3D$10,37212%300$346$21,670,72492Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$10,12631%53-9$191$161,179,08826Fox
9The Intouchables$4,56643%110$415$13,149,68633Weinstein Company
10Talaash$1,70557%8-8$213$2,865,5156Reliance Entertainment
11The Master$1,452-52%12-1$121$15,970,92517Weinstein Company
12Arbitrage$720-16%4-3$180$7,914,15717Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$260--1--$260$86,42814Roadside Attractions