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 Tue, Oct. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,900,2303%3,336--$869$37,760,0521Paramount
2Gravity$1,844,12523%3,707-113$497$202,996,1774Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,188,07232%3,143123$378$72,000,9373Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$796,89323%3,044--$262$9,287,8131Fox
5Carrie (2013)$592,55917%3,1570$188$27,209,1752Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$528,94133%2,8830$183$18,569,4052Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,126-6%3,111-491$96$101,400,9925Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$126,43334%1,347-813$94$59,347,8696Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$87,34132%1,7690$49$3,001,9752Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious Chapter 2$57,3212%1,229-436$47$82,247,2577FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$54,16810%1,253-1285$43$7,372,0313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$213,88210%123104$1,739$3,803,3382Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$187,73334%83578$225$13,381,4906Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$88,01037%677-520$130$26,008,8596Universal
4Runner Runner$73,07729%969-1042$75$18,949,1204Fox
5Don Jon$67,65025%540-574$125$23,623,4015Relativity Media
6We're the Millers$67,36220%786-95$86$148,685,17512Warner Bros. / New Line
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$42,36412%4581$92$1,796,8042High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$42,01911%594-271$71$20,917,8425Fox Searchlight
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$39,21046%444-158$88$114,808,86011Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$24,635-7%379-16$65$364,299,82017Universal
11Pulling Strings$21,21213%315-123$67$5,614,6384Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$20,0175%301-174$67$43,995,2789Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,709-7%303-47$49$67,251,60812Fox
14The Family (2013)$12,40427%218-265$57$36,507,6857Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$10,0675%164-43$61$132,263,78214Fox
16Grace Unplugged$9,28012%208-105$45$2,384,6874Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$7,79511%156-97$50$42,012,6058Universal
18Turbo$4,114-17%108-41$38$82,738,77015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,73724%100-13$27$137,392,21615Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$61,16716%8276$746$764,4872Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,41682%91-370$114$1,086,8333Relativity Media
3The Heat$4,04448%80-23$51$159,476,06918Fox
4Thanks for Sharing$2,873195%11-3$261$1,063,0876Roadside Attractions
5The World's End$2,10114%26-14$81$25,959,67010Focus
6In a World...$1,9912%32-15$62$2,883,04112Roadside Attractions
7Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,83980%1--$1,839$9,8651Cinepix
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,83111%49-98$37$490,8343Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Haute Cuisine$1,66365%14-7$119$214,7406Weinstein Company
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,2324%149$88$34,1775Rialto Pictures
11The Spectacular Now$1,0132%24-30$42$6,832,53813A24
12We Are What We Are (2013)$960-13%175$56$78,6985eOne Films US
13Linsanity$95438%8-1$119$254,4384Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$464-39%16-4$29$16,096,72216Weinstein Company