Grosses

'No Good Deed' Leads with $24.5M; 'Dolphin Tale 2' #2 with $16.55M; 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Surpasses $300M MilestoneSeptember 14, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend with an estimated $24.5 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 $8.83 million on Friday, increased 11 percent on Saturday to take in $9.8 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $5.88 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.77 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 an estimated $16.55 million. The family film sequel from Warner Bros. opened towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and a respectable 14 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 $4.26 million on Friday, increased a healthy 75 percent on Saturday to gross $7.45 million and is estimated to fall 35 percent on Sunday to take in $4.84 million. That places the estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio for the film at 3.88 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 an estimated $8.04 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 $305.93 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 an estimated $4.8 million. The blockbuster franchise re-launch was down a healthy 26 percent from last weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 38-day take of $181.04 million.

Fox Searchlight's The Drop was off to a surprisingly strong sixth place start with an estimated $4.2 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 $5,315 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 is estimated to decline 44 percent on Sunday to gross $0.98 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.88 to 1.

Holdovers Let's Be Cops and If I Stay claimed fourth and sixth place with respective estimated takes of $4.3 million and $4.05 million. Fox's Let's Be Cops was down only 23 percent from last weekend, while Warner's If I Stay was down a healthy 27 percent. Both films continue to perform well, especially with their low production costs in mind. Respective total grosses stand at $72.97 million for Let's Be Cops in 33 days and at $44.94 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 an estimated $0.411 million from 15 locations. That gave the comedy drama starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig a per-location average of $27,384 for the frame. The Skeleton Twins is scheduled to receive a major expansion on September 26.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jun. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$11,019,202-53%4,004--$2,752$93,448,6711Disney
2World War Z$7,675,366-59%3,607--$2,128$74,087,2001Paramount
3Man of Steel$4,537,163-64%4,2070$1,078$214,615,3162Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,987,753-54%3,0550$651$60,069,9192Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,106,016-54%2,823-259$392$95,562,9944Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$567,995-60%2,417-958$235$229,186,1505Universal
7The Purge$506,230-51%2,201-390$230$60,110,3053Universal
8The Internship$462,412-53%1,916-1483$241$38,802,2783Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$392,326-60%1,565-766$251$217,169,9516Paramount
10Epic$246,953-55%1,994-1157$124$101,295,4535Fox
11After Earth$127,112-56%1,166-1266$109$57,509,3524Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$304,164-48%650645$468$2,647,3082A24
2Iron Man 3$208,423-60%924-725$226$403,366,2278Disney
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$91,843-61%206183$446$1,317,2823Roadside Attractions
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$89,243-55%362-813$247$141,689,7567Warner Bros.
5The Hangover Part III$81,453-55%530-1371$154$110,095,2255Warner Bros.
6The Croods$80,902-48%324-44$250$183,647,42714Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$42,586-63%19580$218$1,250,6284Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$39,189-48%325-119$121$94,244,62811Warner Bros.
9Mud$38,410-61%213-192$180$20,244,7789Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$20,005-50%201-57$100$89,041,74010Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$17,585-56%177-24$99$98,610,24214FilmDistrict
12The Big Wedding$13,297-40%141-24$94$21,627,1689Lionsgate
13Scary Movie 5$12,972-49%134-7$97$31,686,63911Weinstein / Dimension
14G.I. Joe: Retaliation$12,727-56%139-31$92$122,275,78313Paramount
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,367-42%138-13$61$56,792,61319Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$17,392-60%652$268$778,5124CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$7,329-53%53-17$138$1,309,5429Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,85597%300$229$22,855,166116Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To the Arctic 3D$5,4778%520$105$12,863,92662Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stories We Tell$5,423-61%33-30$164$1,336,8767Roadside Attractions
6The Place Beyond the Pines$4,131-55%53-23$78$21,387,42913Focus
7The Sapphires$3,958-38%29-10$136$2,364,19514Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$3,33030%16--$208$1,424,25716Gathr Films
9Pain and Gain$3,248-57%50-20$65$49,336,9929Paramount
10Quartet$3,178-32%294$110$18,384,96524Weinstein Company
11Unfinished Song$3,156-61%2--$1,578$28,8841Weinstein Company
12Lost and Found in Armenia$1,946-17%1-1$1,946$104,8803High Top Releasing
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$867-71%8-6$108$491,1778eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$720-18%5--$144$7,7311Striped Entertainment
15Tiger Eyes$484297%2-4$242$25,6473Freestyle Releasing
16Wish You Were Here (2013)$205-63%3-3$68$45,4623eOne Films US
17Not Today$178-83%3-4$59$297,07711Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$133-92%17--$8$6,3271High Top Releasing