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 Tue, Mar. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jack the Giant Slayer$2,091,49126%3,525--$593$30,956,8331Warner Bros. / New Line
221 And Over$904,38222%2,771--$326$10,401,5891Relativity Media
3Identity Thief$807,33528%3,2308$250$108,870,4354Universal
4Snitch (2013)$684,74027%2,5110$273$25,700,8992Lionsgate / Summit
5Safe Haven$602,88444%2,951-272$204$58,093,8763Relativity Media
6Silver Linings Playbook$469,69119%1,836-176$256$116,166,71216Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$463,30129%2,589-966$179$60,518,2363Fox
8Escape From Planet Earth$451,61135%3,110-243$145$43,892,1493Weinstein Company
9The Last Exorcism Part II$367,23711%2,700--$136$8,427,1811CBS Films
10Dark Skies$282,96222%2,3130$122$13,880,2482Weinstein / Dimension
11Side Effects (2013)$184,22230%1,112-958$166$28,398,8574Open Road
12Warm Bodies$177,08214%1,930-714$92$62,270,0395Lionsgate / Summit
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$72,4191%1,075-1875$67$18,702,1893Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$243,02343%62654$388$117,431,32615Fox
2Quartet$230,17532%725369$317$11,585,9058Weinstein Company
3Argo$172,18620%985183$175$132,975,21121Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$116,73928%983324$119$160,477,04710Weinstein Company
5Zero Dark Thirty$96,9975%722-475$134$93,764,40011Sony / Columbia
6Lincoln$90,02318%652-223$138$180,237,70417Disney / DreamWorks
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$72,82841%601-824$121$54,216,8956Paramount
8Les Miserables (2012)$54,56019%352-110$155$147,731,96510Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,01123%210-178$129$301,451,67912Warner Bros. / New Line
10Mama$22,350-9%447-716$50$70,921,8407Universal
11Jack Reacher$19,95315%225125$89$79,719,96511Paramount
12The Impossible$19,15736%151-122$127$18,355,87611Lionsgate / Summit
13Bless Me, Ultima$18,44917%183-80$101$1,295,4802Arenas Entertainment
14Rise of The Guardians$16,4883%295-10$56$102,418,57615Paramount / DreamWorks
15Parental Guidance$15,15312%258-123$59$76,089,61410Fox
16Kai Po Che$14,95684%104-6$144$899,6372UTV Motion Pictures
17Gangster Squad$12,45314%138-64$90$45,776,8138Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$8,94029%133-53$67$37,116,88611Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$6,425-7%180-43$36$292,312,25216Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$14,8441%7--$2,121$190,1321Fox Searchlight
2Hyde Park on Hudson$11,12151%38-27$293$6,234,47413Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$9,654-17%520$186$11,497,56246Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$6,61726%68--$97$155,3951Methinx Entertainment
5Bullet to the Head$4,6949%86-19$55$9,463,4045Warner Bros.
6Broken City$4,44245%69-29$64$19,648,2057Fox
7Parker$3,89057%51-161$76$17,448,3306FilmDistrict
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,329-8%300$78$22,091,414100Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Stand Up Guys$1,882-17%17-24$111$3,305,1905Lionsgate / Roadside
10The Sweeney$1,43610%11--$131$23,0601eOne Films US
11Camp (2013)$635-15%21$318$16,7972Freestyle Releasing
12A Late Quartet$54926%6-1$92$1,552,83218Entertainment One / RKO
13Movie 43$45822%17-4$27$8,809,8176Relativity Media
14ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$40-51%2-7$20$222,0304UTV Motion Pictures