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 Sat, Jun. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$14,043,66031%3,68628$3,810$160,627,8752Universal
2Now You See Me$10,842,6128%2,925--$3,707$20,904,3011Lionsgate / Summit
3After Earth$10,267,4764%3,401--$3,019$20,108,1271Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek Into Darkness$7,124,81960%3,585-322$1,987$176,335,3613Paramount
5Epic$7,122,79871%3,89412$1,829$60,041,2772Fox
6The Hangover Part III$6,503,55224%3,56510$1,824$83,893,8992Warner Bros.
7Iron Man 3$3,640,32062%2,895-529$1,257$382,638,4515Disney
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,632,02634%2,635-455$999$126,585,6544Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$542,91669%579-133$938$16,524,5666Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$291,45770%506-502$576$180,386,28911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$218,94254%501-414$437$92,180,7508Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$173,05040%357-215$485$87,969,3457Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$119,32556%286-60$417$121,507,60110Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$84,46372%268-78$315$56,260,67016Weinstein Company
7Pain and Gain$69,53934%207-796$336$49,016,2816Paramount
8Identity Thief$57,75054%150-37$385$134,421,42517Universal
9The Call$49,20656%138-28$357$51,719,48612Sony / TriStar
10Olympus Has Fallen$39,93357%149-60$268$97,842,06211FilmDistrict
11The Place Beyond the Pines$36,33064%103-25$353$21,109,51410Focus
12The Big Wedding$32,96866%126-139$262$21,264,0136Lionsgate
13Jack the Giant Slayer$31,35158%143-42$219$65,090,68414Warner Bros. / New Line
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$30,38454%121-364$251$9,022,9864Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$61,09370%7410$826$853,6316Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$52,50476%3913$1,346$869,3624Roadside Attractions
3The East$33,05770%4--$8,264$52,5561Fox Searchlight
4The Sapphires$25,45263%58-3$439$2,193,46511Weinstein Company
5The Kings of Summer$23,21931%4--$5,805$40,9901CBS Films
6Not Today$16,932-3%1813$941$233,3858Freestyle Releasing
7Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$16,47449%381$434$372,0515eOne Films US
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$12,57673%117$1,143$62,6662Focus World
9To the Arctic 3D$8,997-53%520$173$12,687,96359Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Scary Movie 5$7,28338%51-120$143$31,406,3328Weinstein / Dimension
11Quartet$4,787102%17-13$282$18,259,14121Weinstein Company
12Evil Dead$4,65427%40-18$116$54,132,7639Sony / TriStar
13Born to Be Wild 3D$4,428-35%300$148$22,721,123113Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Spring Breakers$4,17229%40-30$104$14,109,49612A24
15From Up on Poppy Hill$3,88255%12-12$324$978,95712GKIDS
16Silver Linings Playbook$3,36935%23-12$146$132,086,65029Weinstein Company
17Admission$1,9176%12-14$160$18,002,33011Focus
18Emperor$1,70386%6-2$284$3,340,66213Roadside Attractions
19Girl Rising$640-82%30-33$21$1,344,34713Gathr Films
20Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$623709%2--$312$7001Cinema Purgatorio
21A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$354103%10$354$17,4742Rialto Pictures
22The Painting (2013)$57375%1-5$57$20,7554GKIDS