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 Sat, Aug. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$9,922,5050%3,025--$3,280$19,859,6301Universal
2The Wolverine$8,625,43533%3,9240$2,198$88,420,8212Fox
3The Smurfs 2$7,104,43429%3,866--$1,838$22,188,8841Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$5,163,34520%3,11593$1,658$104,404,4683Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$4,153,06534%3,207-269$1,295$323,525,2855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$3,296,96532%3,075-183$1,072$114,044,5034Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$2,575,63239%2,985-824$863$67,513,7163Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$2,347,18045%2,755-261$852$43,468,0483Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$1,993,50043%2,074-310$961$148,225,2796Fox
10Pacific Rim$1,804,32441%1,803-799$1,001$91,477,8504Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$1,215,16851%1,001115$1,214$12,841,6355Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$1,099,71046%1,08622$1,013$10,102,3374Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$979,33535%1,703-1147$575$29,775,3503Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$743,55844%912-528$815$195,333,7577Paramount
2Monsters University$575,33844%879-591$655$258,137,4107Disney
3The Lone Ranger$271,06734%553-714$490$86,577,8235Disney
4The To Do List$243,37822%585-6$416$2,906,0802CBS Films
5White House Down$212,67354%353-323$602$71,429,1326Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$193,34937%300120$644$226,078,61812Paramount
7Man of Steel$189,62738%304-197$624$287,542,3118Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$115,75342%168-102$689$96,097,5718Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$111,95737%206-9$543$115,361,76710Lionsgate / Summit
10Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$104,16334%214-284$487$31,943,1175Lionsgate / Summit
11Epic$92,53734%255-34$363$106,584,08111Fox
12Fast & Furious 6$92,01043%230-37$400$237,947,54011Universal
13The Great Gatsby (2013)$71,12429%228-43$312$144,459,87213Warner Bros.
14The Internship$60,81927%172-25$354$44,156,4079Fox
15The Croods$56,63029%162-32$350$186,610,61420Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$49,51742%146-21$339$60,232,86410Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$35,64035%132-25$270$64,395,9309Universal
18The Hangover Part III$16,36044%103-44$159$112,089,10011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$69,307-1%4--$17,327$139,1831A24
2Unfinished Song$36,85152%68-14$542$1,382,3647Weinstein Company
3Mud$26,51253%62-11$428$21,455,03515Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,46253%58-19$387$4,082,0109Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$18,08572%36-191$502$1,336,7833Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$10,12554%395$260$5,767,0408A24
7Stories We Tell$6,08192%173$358$1,551,67013Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$3,49950%9-5$389$1,508,84415Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$3,47245%20-15$174$49,783,57615Paramount
10Copperhead$1,61922%20$810$166,2666Brainstorm Media