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 Sun, Mar. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$9,682,790-38%3,719--$2,604$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$6,318,946-35%4,06519$1,554$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,297,776-46%2,047--$2,100$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$3,672,634-35%3,1068$1,182$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,935,661-34%3,324-481$883$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,776,000-49%3,202--$555$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,269,793-33%2,439-68$521$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$767,007-41%2,1611$355$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$684,573-31%1,379--$496$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$343,061-32%1,575-1585$218$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$265,701-28%1,080-1480$246$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$265,090-39%1,082-1084$245$129,916,1058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$224,305-40%752-292$298$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$116,294-30%340-149$342$123,321,12519Fox
3Snitch (2013)$107,921-40%746-1061$145$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$106,144-36%302-123$351$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
5Safe Haven$82,196-45%550-729$149$69,811,4367Relativity Media
621 And Over$75,086-33%344-790$218$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$60,864-23%977-517$62$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8Django Unchained$43,665-37%233-63$187$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$43,651-40%194-81$225$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$41,538-44%202-7$206$55,220,48810Paramount
11Emperor$38,015-42%138-99$275$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$37,788-40%209-239$181$66,551,0697Fox
13Argo$36,706-37%26075$141$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$34,439-34%102-123$338$31,234,5758Open Road
15Warm Bodies$25,058-48%162-137$155$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
16Mama$17,225-43%123-7$140$71,588,22011Universal
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$16,324-41%145-90$113$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
18Parental Guidance$15,993-54%140-45$114$76,898,48814Fox
19Rise of The Guardians$14,961-38%134-28$112$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
20Les Miserables (2012)$13,625-36%109-20$125$148,775,46014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$13,513-45%102-353$132$15,152,8795CBS Films
22Dark Skies$9,914-58%101-104$98$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$9,356-42%115-73$81$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$79,521-24%4--$19,880$279,4571Focus
2Himmatwala$55,300-21%99--$559$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$32,527-30%2519$1,301$283,4493GKIDS
4The Sapphires$20,510-37%128$1,709$126,2182Weinstein Company
5To the Arctic 3D$16,222-19%520$312$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Starbuck$13,935-36%1714$820$3,527,3392eOne Films US
7The Impossible$11,191-36%86-37$130$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,010-39%300$300$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$6,851-41%75-537$91$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$4,598-40%500$92$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
11Girl Rising$3,550--30$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
12Parker$3,291-45%36-19$91$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
13Bless Me, Ultima$3,157-28%11-10$287$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
14Kai Po Che$1,440-49%5-13$288$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$641-55%7-21$92$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
16Camp (2013)$499-63%6-11$83$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
17Rangrezz$10914%2-9$55$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures