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 Mon, Dec. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$7,898,402-6%3,335-205$2,368$256,016,1976Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$6,513,554-23%3,9280$1,658$196,014,8323Warner Bros. / New Line
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$4,383,103-18%3,5070$1,250$87,562,6532Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$3,993,764-25%2,537--$1,574$38,146,9011Paramount
5American Hustle$3,990,011-23%2,5070$1,592$63,159,1753Sony / Columbia
6Saving Mr. Banks$2,880,725-22%2,1100$1,365$40,156,8753Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$2,801,066-19%2,909--$963$28,161,5341Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,489,456-15%2,315-634$1,075$393,474,7786Lionsgate
947 Ronin$1,801,630-36%2,689--$670$22,414,1601Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$1,740,387-19%3,24312$537$22,684,8652Fox
11Grudge Match$1,472,863-24%2,838--$519$14,613,0781Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,084,641-34%1,788-406$607$44,290,9113Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$416,188-23%1,037--$401$4,686,2551Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$383,880-27%727-11$528$16,828,8636Weinstein Company
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$361,072-33%975971$370$4,911,2855Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$285,138-25%16113$1,771$4,904,8114CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$169,052-49%220-19$768$6,986,8252Yash Raj Films
5The Book Thief$156,556-10%481-199$325$18,041,1428Fox
6Thor: The Dark World$151,512-15%319-797$475$202,515,1228Disney
7Nebraska$146,206-29%250-60$585$5,857,7427Paramount Vantage
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$135,905-7%303-10$449$116,737,75214Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$129,529-13%175-127$740$254,723,08313Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$84,685-23%154-147$550$37,883,64811Fox Searchlight
11Ender's Game$64,937-9%24962$261$61,235,4449Lionsgate / Summit
12Dallas Buyers Club$63,641-26%124-206$513$15,794,1299Focus
13Free Birds$57,372-14%24359$236$54,492,2789Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$46,860-32%257-21$182$101,309,93110Paramount
15Last Vegas$43,328-39%221-112$196$62,736,3299CBS Films
16The Best Man Holiday$37,800-22%120-231$315$70,287,7507Universal
17Captain Phillips$33,277-17%111-61$300$104,602,00012Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$30,525-14%165-32$185$367,766,87026Universal
19Delivery Man$27,494-22%136-527$202$29,674,8926Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$12,029-43%107-31$112$24,968,86711Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$9,405-16%102-626$92$11,131,1934Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$169,943-20%4741$3,616$1,711,9372Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$37,342-33%5--$7,468$216,6441Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$20,999-31%2--$10,500$174,8381Universal
4Homefront$12,600-33%75-600$168$20,110,5285Open Road
5All Is Lost$12,591-35%67-16$188$5,960,15211Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,802-21%53-32$109$68,476,63221Fox
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,815-20%34-9$142$116,175,11220Weinstein Company
8Enough Said$4,198-39%27-15$155$17,458,94415Fox Searchlight
9Black Nativity$1,993-28%24-39$83$7,002,8495Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$1,305-35%290$45$36,911,96116Relativity Media
11Don Jon$921-23%31-1$30$24,469,23514Relativity Media
12Oldboy (2013)$890-31%210$42$2,190,0725FilmDistrict