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 Mon, Apr. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$1,703,987-67%3,025--$563$27,479,8341Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,235,919-78%3,73415$331$87,674,3682Paramount
3Jurassic Park 3D$1,080,690-76%2,771--$390$19,700,8351Universal
4The Croods$969,112-83%3,879-186$250$126,321,0083Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Olympus Has Fallen$740,309-73%3,059-47$242$71,976,9423FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$654,494-72%2,0470$320$39,123,6402Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$443,585-79%2,905-419$153$213,050,5375Disney
8The Host (2013)$319,412-73%3,2020$100$19,943,7402Open Road
9The Call$246,804-71%2,002-437$123$45,728,1454Sony / TriStar
10Admission$135,606-68%1,407-754$96$15,401,2023Focus
11Spring Breakers$120,255-61%1,072-307$112$12,737,0194A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$57,680-68%721-361$80$131,290,0159Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$41,992-70%524-228$80$129,767,10921Weinstein Company
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$37,527-69%535-1040$70$21,845,0284Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$35,396-75%502-578$71$62,505,2266Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$31,292-70%252-50$124$17,231,83813Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$26,970-72%269-71$100$123,947,55320Fox
7Warm Bodies$22,122-68%287125$77$65,606,14010Lionsgate / Summit
8Safe Haven$20,356-64%360-190$57$70,348,3088Relativity Media
9Snitch (2013)$16,206-70%304-442$53$41,800,5377Lionsgate / Summit
1021 And Over$15,613-60%180-164$87$25,294,8466Relativity Media
11Escape From Planet Earth$13,977-79%432-545$32$54,454,4418Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$12,536-71%22516$56$66,808,1868Fox
13Emperor$12,026-66%120-18$100$3,121,9105Roadside Attractions
14Django Unchained$11,771-68%183-50$64$162,560,93315Weinstein Company
15Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$10,849-70%180-22$60$55,450,37011Paramount
16Argo$6,825-70%172-88$40$135,904,62526Warner Bros.
17Dead Man Down$5,545-64%14671$38$10,834,2235FilmDistrict
18Parental Guidance$4,477-70%110-30$41$77,049,93915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$63,126-70%3026$2,104$1,152,5352Focus
2The Sapphires$20,047-74%6048$334$464,0293Weinstein Company
3Girl Rising$19,780731%489$412$609,4935Gathr Films
4Trance$11,278-67%4--$2,820$142,4231Fox Searchlight
5From Up on Poppy Hill$9,187-77%4116$224$481,6774GKIDS
6Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$6,895-65%16--$431$76,2011CodeBlack Films
7Side Effects (2013)$6,750-73%80-22$84$31,398,2339Open Road
8The Impossible$6,249-62%80-6$78$18,913,31816Lionsgate / Summit
9Stoker$6,249-63%89-105$70$1,634,6276Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$5,144-63%520$99$12,032,06951Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Starbuck$4,778-65%3114$154$3,610,3843eOne Films US
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,933-71%77-68$38$302,935,55717Warner Bros. / New Line
13Rise of The Guardians$2,920-80%89-45$33$103,403,61220Paramount / DreamWorks
14Settai$2,255-81%33--$68$54,6411UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$2,144-69%300$71$22,427,680105Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,772-66%55-60$32$19,446,9898Warner Bros.
17Camp (2013)$1,723-53%82$215$130,2867Freestyle Releasing
18Himmatwala$1,560-77%61-38$26$264,1282UTV Motion Pictures
19Dark Skies$1,172-71%28-73$42$17,179,3387Weinstein / Dimension
20Bless Me, Ultima$1,061-52%6-5$177$1,560,6177Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$422-56%2--$211$5,2301Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$395-63%12--$33$4,2951Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$94-77%2-3$47$1,119,9707UTV Motion Pictures