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 Sun, Aug. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$7,969,879-26%3,284--$2,427$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$7,582,407-27%3,260--$2,326$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$5,877,009-28%3,702--$1,588$22,232,2911Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,950,572-29%3,031--$1,303$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$3,194,540-31%3,0283$1,055$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$2,491,990-32%3,8671$644$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$2,325,593-29%2,867-1057$811$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$1,775,938-34%2,650-465$670$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$1,724,400-25%2,395-812$720$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$925,451-39%2,102-973$440$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$710,031-24%1,771-1214$401$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Red 2$521,799-37%1,574-1181$332$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit
13The Heat$489,057-41%1,351-723$362$153,582,2197Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$622,625-26%196--$3,177$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
2Pacific Rim$467,341-26%980-823$477$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
3Fruitvale Station$401,957-31%828-258$485$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
4The Way, Way Back$372,294-41%780-221$477$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Man of Steel$235,346-21%426122$552$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
6Monsters University$193,954-28%405-474$479$260,171,1758Disney
7World War Z$183,148-32%505-407$363$197,458,1078Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$126,670-35%478-1225$265$31,970,1104Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$84,340-28%256-44$329$226,801,05613Paramount
10Epic$48,221-25%222-33$217$106,984,45312Fox
11Fast & Furious 6$45,840-24%191-39$240$238,286,64012Universal
12Now You See Me$38,649-35%143-63$270$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
13White House Down$34,033-56%159-194$214$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
14This Is The End$33,514-27%102-66$329$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$28,847-29%136-36$212$44,422,69010Fox
16The Croods$27,592-27%142-20$194$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17After Earth$24,908-21%109-37$229$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia
18The Great Gatsby (2013)$24,452-30%135-93$181$144,710,21314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$76,740-28%1915$4,039$534,6922A24
2In a World...$20,359-28%3--$6,786$70,5411Roadside Attractions
3The To Do List$19,381-27%86-499$225$3,447,3393CBS Films
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$17,268-33%77-137$224$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$14,521-39%53-15$274$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$11,783-23%53-5$222$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
7Mud$8,273-44%44-18$188$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$5,495-33%46-57$119$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
9Pain and Gain$4,693-1%19-1$247$49,803,78016Paramount
10The Bling Ring$4,650-32%401$116$5,806,4609A24
11Girl Most Likely$1,886-45%12-24$157$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$1,573-36%10-7$157$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$775-1%1-1$775$171,7407Brainstorm Media