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 Sat, Jan. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$8,426,74436%3,0100$2,800$100,873,9642Weinstein Company
2Texas Chainsaw 3D$7,920,329-23%2,654--$2,984$18,148,3251Lionsgate
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,629,01847%3,755-345$2,032$259,090,8704Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$6,853,44037%2,90490$2,360$99,335,8002Universal
5Parental Guidance$4,270,85636%3,3681$1,268$50,043,7482Fox
6Jack Reacher$4,010,46235%3,288-64$1,220$62,481,5583Paramount
7This is 40$3,619,78532%2,93117$1,235$52,262,1153Universal
8Lincoln$2,392,00649%1,901-65$1,258$142,671,7719Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$1,905,16430%2,312-119$824$30,047,3433Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$1,787,36237%1,6761651$1,066$3,440,7482Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,720,39551%2,103-515$818$26,852,8553Disney
12Skyfall$1,365,16636%1,307-330$1,045$296,099,9359Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$1,067,30029%1,507-548$708$96,448,5967Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,574,37443%7450$2,113$33,734,6668Weinstein Company
2The Impossible$1,201,58455%572557$2,101$2,635,7513Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$1,193,55242%965-213$1,237$90,257,3477Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$603,67934%825-366$732$288,810,4968Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$554,56154%817-23$679$10,508,6543Paramount
6Hyde Park on Hudson$482,66277%222138$2,174$2,933,4755Focus
7Wreck-It Ralph$479,24832%709-204$676$178,162,63610Disney
8Argo$360,80860%302-43$1,195$109,903,61213Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$198,60740%267-34$744$146,046,81915Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$158,79155%163-55$974$11,434,6168Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$121,83033%243-9$501$44,032,58613Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$120,67151%565546$214$347,5863Paramount Vantage
13Flight$115,59849%250-150$462$92,427,23910Paramount
14Taken 2$91,28242%213-19$429$139,232,43214Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$79,43728%252-173$315$43,837,0277FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$68,06558%118-231$577$5,448,3907Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$55,27529%165-18$335$64,625,33315Universal
18Cloud Atlas$43,04941%155110$278$26,874,24711Warner Bros.
19End of Watch$27,96839%140-22$200$40,872,80216Open Road
20Playing For Keeps (2012)$23,26526%139-129$167$12,840,2635FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,061,55231%6055$17,693$3,585,1063Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$33,38123%98-27$341$17,458,73416Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$30,2299%520$581$10,643,05938Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$26,70685%41-39$651$5,616,15312Fox Searchlight
5Killing Them Softly$17,70136%51-17$347$14,894,5216Weinstein Company
6A Late Quartet$17,07350%23-14$742$1,345,73610Entertainment One / RKO
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$15,77656%53-9$298$161,194,86426Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,33829%300$445$21,684,06292Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Intouchables$6,23136%110$566$13,155,91733Weinstein Company
10The Master$4,239192%12-1$353$15,975,16417Weinstein Company
11Talaash$2,84667%8-8$356$2,868,3616Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$1,09252%4-3$273$7,915,24917Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$242-7%1--$242$86,67014Roadside Attractions