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, Jun. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$16,775,640--2,536--$6,615$16,775,6401Universal
2The Internship$6,473,241--3,366--$1,923$6,473,2411Fox
3Fast & Furious 6$6,088,415115%3,77185$1,615$189,274,1103Universal
4Now You See Me$6,064,92398%3,02095$2,008$47,938,9472Lionsgate / Summit
5Epic$3,628,85382%3,594-300$1,010$75,683,4093Fox
6After Earth$3,345,45193%3,4010$984$38,737,0202Sony / Columbia
7Star Trek Into Darkness$3,230,41284%3,152-433$1,025$191,670,8514Paramount
8The Hangover Part III$2,346,51066%3,242-323$724$97,340,4663Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$1,695,03389%2,351-544$721$390,224,6986Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,357,27561%2,160-475$628$133,302,3935Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$329,905124%5801$569$17,757,4007Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$225,770119%414-92$545$181,149,80812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$104,67460%370-131$283$92,665,4539Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$75,99094%298-59$255$88,302,4408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$57,123341%23687$242$97,970,98412FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$49,84440%236-50$211$121,768,87111Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$32,496-14%182-86$179$56,473,70717Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$31,044107%175-32$177$49,146,7827Paramount
9Evil Dead$27,096--171131$158$54,172,24910Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$20,91067%13431$156$21,203,74411Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$16,711241%1309$129$9,080,5195Lionsgate
12Quartet$10,016574%11497$88$18,277,77222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$70,984--5--$14,197$70,9841Roadside Attractions
2The East$62,467780%4137$1,524$169,9082Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$61,819999%4440$1,405$143,4272CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$40,284220%7031$575$989,6885Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$31,33174%751$418$994,8147Weinstein Company
6The Call$21,238--91-47$233$51,825,21413Sony / TriStar
7Lost and Found in Armenia$17,162--9--$1,907$17,1621High Top Releasing
8The Big Wedding$15,72172%92-34$171$21,339,1367Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$9,83161%520$189$12,728,79960Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$9,48081%2514$379$101,9303Focus World
11The Sapphires$9,15025%55-3$166$2,245,36012Weinstein Company
12Not Today$8,497149%191$447$264,2949Freestyle Releasing
13Jack the Giant Slayer$7,773-26%58-85$134$65,152,61715Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$6,906--11--$628$6,9061eOne Films US
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,079-18%29-9$210$422,7076eOne Films US
16Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5693%300$186$22,752,852114Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiger Eyes$5,102--17--$300$5,1021Freestyle Releasing
18Scary Movie 5$3,94787%510$77$31,423,5539Weinstein / Dimension
19Hello Herman$2,206--15--$147$2,2061Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$1,028-44%10-2$103$989,60713GKIDS
21Spring Breakers$390-81%5-35$78$14,123,14013A24
22Emperor$329-52%5-1$66$3,344,31414Roadside Attractions
23Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$160--31$53$1,5302Cinema Purgatorio