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. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,561,00354%3,330220$1,670$68,446,7193Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$4,553,79644%3,4450$1,322$104,657,2824Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$4,039,044-54%2,735--$1,477$12,907,5741Sony / TriStar
4Planes$3,014,89676%3,259-119$925$67,815,7474Disney
5Elysium$2,332,04147%2,539-374$918$76,027,1914Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,066,45943%3,1180$663$20,965,8212Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$1,807,89935%1,5532$1,164$14,958,1172Focus
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,733,01974%2,393-337$724$53,267,3654Fox
9Getaway$1,586,24111%2,130--$745$3,017,1261Warner Bros.
10You're Next$1,491,87530%2,4370$612$11,975,6182Lionsgate
11Despicable Me 2$1,072,04580%1,284-118$835$353,607,8959Universal
122 Guns$952,42547%1,411-430$675$68,311,3905Universal
13The Smurfs 2$777,41592%1,366-486$569$65,336,0035Sony / Columbia
14Kick-Ass 2$707,78037%1,646-1299$430$25,755,3153Universal
15Monsters University$600,08998%1,889--$318$262,905,94411Disney
16World War Z$489,85175%1,2471008$393$199,793,94111Paramount
17Jobs$448,01648%1,302-1079$344$14,015,3393Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,784,84844%348--$8,002$4,713,7111Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$904,77021%870--$1,040$2,164,6141Focus
3The Grandmaster$874,87818%749742$1,168$1,812,2492Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$635,41948%988-461$643$127,174,7666Fox
5The Conjuring$526,35746%903-452$583$133,359,3877Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$404,82131%385231$1,051$3,056,9095A24
7Turbo$307,44086%438-32$702$79,520,0867Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pacific Rim$295,12456%401141$736$99,861,2188Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$289,84270%958814$303$227,901,48616Paramount
10Grown Ups 2$288,87456%471-149$613$129,698,6538Sony / Columbia
11The Way, Way Back$278,29258%654352$426$19,274,6629Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$246,75258%393-16$628$157,028,99510Fox
13Now You See Me$140,12039%239-7$586$116,838,46514Lionsgate / Summit
14Red 2$133,82347%261-128$513$51,970,8717Lionsgate / Summit
15Man of Steel$110,67760%284-19$390$290,539,76212Warner Bros.
16R.I.P.D.$90,49564%1812$500$32,948,7957Universal
17White House Down$90,03258%206-23$437$72,676,66310Sony / Columbia
18Fruitvale Station$71,27346%294-98$242$15,453,1518Weinstein Company
19Paranoia$64,21830%392-2067$164$6,975,1453Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$147,44628%83--$1,776$262,8661UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$128,57959%9116$1,413$1,072,7654Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$86,31768%93-51$928$4,972,3874UTV Motion Pictures
4Fast & Furious 6$37,465159%59-39$635$238,623,81015Universal
5This Is The End$29,94449%34-4$881$96,855,42412Sony / Columbia
6Epic$19,577120%80-35$245$107,412,52215Fox
7Passion$12,69624%14--$907$22,9651eOne Films US
8The Croods$11,68981%45-24$260$187,105,20524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Afternoon Delight$9,60413%2--$4,802$18,0811The Film Arcade
10The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,04071%21$1,520$28,8366Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$2,54444%17-10$150$1,630,29311Weinstein Company
12Underdogs (2013)$960124%1-1$960$31,9973Freestyle Releasing
13Savannah$907-9%5-9$181$23,5542Ketchup Entertainment
14Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$85416%13-14$66$4,263,79513Roadside Attractions
15Inch'Allah$837129%20$419$459,9263eOne Films US
16Mud$80543%6-10$134$21,586,63019Roadside Attractions
17The Last Flight of the Champion$457-14%15--$30$9891High Top Releasing
18Stories We Tell$39949%4-2$100$1,585,55717Roadside Attractions
19Girl Most Likely$26380%10$263$1,377,4247Roadside Attractions