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 Fri, Feb. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$4,162,673--2,511--$1,658$4,162,6731Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$4,092,850169%3,22257$1,270$83,695,3803Universal
3Safe Haven$3,545,935182%3,2230$1,100$41,007,5782Relativity Media
4Dark Skies$3,094,178--2,313--$1,338$3,094,1781Weinstein / Dimension
5A Good Day to Die Hard$2,821,694109%3,5552$794$44,623,9582Fox
6Escape From Planet Earth$2,359,750172%3,35365$704$26,490,4122Weinstein Company
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,535,102177%2,012-190$763$102,960,24815Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,443,438187%2,644-253$546$54,861,4914Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,047,323145%2,9500$355$14,009,5882Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,000,002100%2,070-535$483$22,742,5183Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$575,720120%1,197-330$481$89,884,71110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$424,67563%1,425-678$298$51,685,2295Paramount
13Mama$337,525115%1,163-485$290$69,394,1956Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$479,475179%802-101$598$128,305,81220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$362,429107%572-75$634$112,282,18914Fox
3Lincoln$353,976121%875-132$405$177,476,46616Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$319,481101%35623$897$8,038,5457Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$262,85470%659-358$399$158,074,6299Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$163,78067%462-214$355$146,225,6459Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$147,216127%402-104$366$186,177,75717Disney
8Kai Po Che$139,527--110--$1,268$139,5271UTV Motion Pictures
9Bless Me, Ultima$138,848--263--$528$615,9681Arenas Entertainment
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$130,20565%388-217$336$300,532,10111Warner Bros. / New Line
11Rise of The Guardians$84,616146%305-33$277$101,731,56314Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Impossible$79,91569%273-149$293$17,843,39810Lionsgate / Summit
13Parental Guidance$78,07393%381-222$205$75,553,8569Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$56,725143%223-31$254$291,967,15615Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$49,011128%302-38$162$39,710,7157Open Road
16Skyfall$44,572--184-78$242$304,065,78916Sony / Columbia
17Gangster Squad$41,126118%202-8$204$45,496,1897Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$39,740543%18698$214$36,863,80410Paramount
19Parker$34,647-24%212-493$163$17,277,4175FilmDistrict
20Jack Reacher$23,02598%100-75$230$79,418,49710Paramount
21The Last Stand$15,221622%11460$134$11,986,2266Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$10,416-58%105-365$99$9,368,8684Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$20,12098%520$387$11,351,24045Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$17,14851%65-21$264$6,080,23312Focus
3This is 40$14,85077%96-71$155$67,490,26510Universal
4Broken City$14,52569%98-35$148$19,548,5436Fox
5Stand Up Guys$10,070-26%41-78$246$3,238,6994Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,89711%300$230$22,024,95099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$6,571--1--$6,571$6,5711Freestyle Releasing
8Anna Karenina (2012)$4,613-13%28-23$165$12,790,92315Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,592-10%44-52$104$34,317,8868Lionsgate
10Hitchcock$4,168143%162$261$5,953,94814Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$4,042127%21-14$192$8,791,2535Relativity Media
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,89229%9-13$432$206,7573UTV Motion Pictures
13The Sessions$2,58522%160$162$5,965,51119Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,94164%7-6$277$1,541,27917Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$472-31%5-6$94$1,576,1955UTV Motion Pictures