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 Thu, Feb. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,019,533-4%3,009--$339$25,125,0821Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$762,765-4%2,809168$272$83,094,23912Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$730,319-5%3,3753$216$38,082,8532Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$449,466-3%2,871-58$157$79,560,5907Sony / Columbia
5Mama$375,4354%2,78199$135$59,722,1453Universal
6Bullet to the Head$324,107-11%2,404--$135$6,191,0221Warner Bros.
7Parker$305,442-9%2,23814$136$13,980,6532FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$290,277-3%1,777-230$163$152,213,1326Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$243,4270%1,756-153$139$171,747,46913Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$231,0254%1,848-362$125$142,428,1556Universal
11Gangster Squad$189,064-4%1,625-965$116$43,933,8404Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$168,0828%1,300-375$129$296,865,0528Warner Bros. / New Line
13Movie 43$140,719-10%2,0230$70$8,381,4632Relativity Media
14Broken City$130,495-11%1,786-836$73$18,743,4643Fox
15A Haunted House$101,053-8%1,501-501$67$38,220,3934Open Road
16Parental Guidance$92,7243%1,480-256$63$73,272,4906Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$211,2070%935300$226$121,233,61317Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$171,1175%902-39$190$106,784,50511Fox
3Quartet$134,850-11%20239$668$4,059,4874Weinstein Company
4Stand Up Guys$128,064-16%659--$194$2,119,7641Lionsgate / Roadside
5The Impossible$117,8520%765-17$154$15,710,7447Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$33,90315%66072$51$183,348,71514Disney
7Jack Reacher$30,9782%450-438$69$78,881,2417Paramount
8This is 40$29,995-5%373-134$80$67,061,0157Universal
9The Last Stand$25,6916%689-2224$37$11,811,4083Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,3701%1440$162$5,695,4329Focus
11The Guilt Trip$17,097-7%291-61$59$36,587,5377Paramount
12Rise of The Guardians$13,34915%3072$43$100,611,62411Paramount / DreamWorks
13Flight$12,4771%200-63$62$93,690,77114Paramount
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,27210%189-27$65$291,329,46812Lionsgate / Summit
15Race 2$11,723-27%139-14$84$1,442,9332UTV Motion Pictures
16Red Dawn (2012)$7,0254%153-52$46$44,696,41711FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,5597%148113$44$13,053,5209FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,2923%121-164$27$34,084,0495Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,4166%90-8$138$12,617,68312Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$8,54427%520$164$11,107,87642Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,084-12%28-9$182$16,223,40121Weinstein Company
4Hitchcock$4,05431%44-46$92$5,904,25911Fox Searchlight
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,03425%50-46$81$12,464,6947Paramount
6Taken 2$3,2595%83-41$39$139,825,79718Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,122-18%300$104$21,880,77796Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Sessions$2,708-36%29-33$93$5,922,11616Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$2,14478%122$179$1,505,21614Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,1335%37-19$31$17,742,94820Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$1,01525%41-50$25$64,994,47319Universal
12LUV$605-15%8-13$76$154,7473Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$261-28%2--$131$7,5291Anchor Bay Films