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 Mon, Sep. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,322,986-7%3,330220$1,598$79,466,3783Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$3,572,851-29%3,4450$1,037$113,240,0124Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$3,130,6174%3,259-119$961$73,969,9924Disney
4One Direction: This Is Us$2,657,378-9%2,735--$972$18,472,8751Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$1,981,915-21%2,539-374$781$80,524,5124Sony / TriStar
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,708,120-3%2,393-337$714$56,729,4664Fox
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,594,293-19%3,1180$511$24,523,8932Sony / Screen Gems
8The World's End$1,475,023-22%1,5532$950$18,320,5692Focus
9Blue Jasmine$1,319,595--1,179--$1,119$21,772,6316Sony Pictures Classics
10Getaway$1,102,250-26%2,130--$517$5,606,1421Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me 2$1,040,040-5%1,284-118$810$355,739,2909Universal
12You're Next$977,539-33%2,4370$401$14,409,0692Lionsgate
13The Smurfs 2$883,25115%1,366-486$647$66,985,8635Sony / Columbia
142 Guns$747,855-28%1,411-430$530$70,096,3305Universal
15Monsters University$717,4168%1,889--$380$264,286,36911Disney
16Kick-Ass 2$518,490-28%1,646-1299$315$26,998,0603Universal
17World War Z$387,654-21%1,2471008$311$200,674,20511Paramount
18Jobs$339,001-25%1,302-1079$260$14,806,3473Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,532,132-19%348--$7,276$10,378,5581Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$703,542-18%749742$939$3,377,3782Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$651,954-20%870--$749$3,628,7311Focus
4The Wolverine$500,059-23%988-461$506$128,322,2876Fox
5The Spectacular Now$349,410-15%385231$908$3,818,8605A24
6The Conjuring$287,696-46%903-452$319$134,183,9287Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$284,2491%438-32$649$80,087,1337Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Star Trek Into Darkness$271,664-16%958814$284$228,496,82416Paramount
9The Way, Way Back$241,930-17%654352$370$19,806,5779Fox Searchlight
10Pacific Rim$199,817-35%401141$498$100,366,2648Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups 2$168,542-48%471-149$358$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$125,021-55%393-16$318$157,430,52710Fox
13Now You See Me$115,670-19%239-7$484$117,096,98514Lionsgate / Summit
14Man of Steel$99,981-10%284-19$352$290,750,25712Warner Bros.
15Red 2$97,497-31%261-128$374$52,210,6077Lionsgate / Summit
16The Lone Ranger$88,444--254--$348$88,559,3389Disney
17Fruitvale Station$64,470-11%294-98$219$15,590,1348Weinstein Company
18White House Down$61,594-36%206--$299$72,834,44310Sony / Columbia
19Paranoia$57,167-6%392-2067$146$7,092,9693Relativity Media
20R.I.P.D.$52,490-37%1812$290$33,084,5457Universal
21Iron Man 3$48,763--160--$305$408,883,15618Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$110,042-11%9116$1,209$1,306,1044Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$88,566-41%83--$1,067$500,7141UTV Motion Pictures
3Austenland$73,321--52--$1,410$493,4643Sony Pictures Classics
4Chennai Express$55,455-41%93-51$596$5,122,2404UTV Motion Pictures
5Blackfish$34,445--82--$420$1,845,5097Magnolia Pictures
6Short Term 12$31,287--16--$1,955$199,7192Cinedigm
720 Feet from Stardom$28,790--58--$496$4,405,51012RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$20,6738%80-35$258$107,452,35615Fox
9Ain't Them Bodies Saints$20,059--41--$489$227,0953IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$19,424--11--$1,766$40,569,990181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11This Is The End$16,503-69%34--$485$96,924,49912Sony / Columbia
12Drinking Buddies$14,280--12--$1,190$88,7662Magnolia Pictures
13The Croods$13,76918%45-24$306$187,130,66724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Fast & Furious 6$9,145-77%59-39$155$238,673,37015Universal
15Under the Sea 3D$9,123--7--$1,303$33,579,519238Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Passion$8,924-16%14--$637$42,4691eOne Films US
17Afternoon Delight$7,124-23%2--$3,562$34,4761The Film Arcade
18Therese (2013)$6,917--8--$865$59,0692MPI Pictures
19Space Station 3D$6,604--3--$2,201$88,933,852594IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$5,781--13--$445$13,500,70072Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Before Midnight$5,692--18--$316$8,052,14215Sony Pictures Classics
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,606--9--$623$22,945,051126Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Cutie and the Boxer$5,314--12--$443$106,6483RADiUS-TWC
24When Comedy Went to School$4,911--12--$409$136,0755International Film Circuit
25Prince Avalanche$4,827--23--$210$148,1534Magnolia Pictures
26Still Mine$4,797--15--$320$1,016,7688IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27The Internship$4,353--20--$218$44,645,49613Fox
28Una Noche$4,348--5--$870$47,2882IFC Films
29The Act of Killing$3,722--15--$248$379,5987Drafthouse Films
30The Hunt$3,440--11--$313$568,4858Magnolia Pictures
31Hannah Arendt$3,363--8--$420$636,50514Zeitgeist Films
32Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,07589%13-14$237$4,268,49713Roadside Attractions
33Deep Sea 3D$2,989--9--$332$45,842,333392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Frances Ha$2,448--4--$612$4,054,00416IFC Films
35I'm So Excited$2,414--11--$219$1,327,69110Sony Pictures Classics
36Unfinished Song$2,22110%17-10$131$1,634,53211Weinstein Company
37I Declare War$2,159--14--$154$10,7931Drafthouse Films
38The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,126-13%2--$1,063$33,4156Rialto Pictures
39Lovelace$2,029--5--$406$354,7844RADiUS-TWC
40The Patience Stone$1,768--5--$354$66,6633Sony Pictures Classics
41Drug War$1,734--7--$248$110,2686Variance Films / Well Go USA
42Our Nixon$1,476--3--$492$7,5661Cinedigm
43Free the Mind$1,132--4--$283$116,10418International Film Circuit
44Savannah$1,0184%5-9$204$25,5512Ketchup Entertainment
45Fill the Void$1,002--7--$143$1,761,27615Sony Pictures Classics
46Underdogs (2013)$9898%1-1$989$33,9013Freestyle Releasing
47Love Is All You Need$756--3--$252$1,614,16018Sony Pictures Classics
48The Last Flight of the Champion$72744%15--$48$2,2201High Top Releasing
49Mud$644-17%6-10$107$21,588,04819Roadside Attractions
50Inch'Allah$56122%20$281$460,9453eOne Films US
51I Give It a Year$524--4--$131$24,1584Magnolia Pictures
52Crystal Fairy$523--9--$58$187,4818IFC Films
53Europa Report$496--3--$165$114,8555Magnolia / Magnet
54A Hijacking$477--5--$95$401,36611Magnolia Pictures
55The Silence$397--1--$397$97,25926Music Box Films
56American Made Movie$326--2--$163$36,1471Variance Films
57Paradise: Faith$262--2--$131$4,6782Strand Releasing
58Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$107--2--$54$18,7655Doppelgänger Releasing
59An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$105--1--$105$67,96319Variance Films
60Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$61--1--$61$19,29313Magnolia Pictures
61Girl Most Likely$42-63%10$42$1,377,5817Roadside Attractions
62A Band Called Death$26--2--$13$123,77010Drafthouse Films
63Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$24--1--$24$101,5819Magnolia Pictures
64Only God Forgives$16--3--$5$775,8657RADiUS-TWC
65100 Bloody Acres$14--1--$14$6,24810Doppelgänger Releasing