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, Feb. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,494,064-83%3,775--$926$72,544,3431Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$1,622,380-70%3,083--$526$23,625,8131Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$559,845-76%2,800-67$200$105,872,3754Universal
4Frozen (2013)$443,330-79%2,460-294$180$369,080,76712Disney
5Lone Survivor$387,315-74%2,869-416$135$113,239,4617Universal
6That Awkward Moment$362,052-69%2,8090$129$16,907,2732Focus
7Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$260,121-71%2,139-768$122$44,660,8234Paramount
8Vampire Academy$242,653-72%2,676--$91$4,164,3951Weinstein Company
9Labor Day (2013)$238,648-70%2,5840$92$10,365,8292Paramount
10The Nut Job$227,223-80%3,004-468$76$55,252,9674Open Road
11American Hustle$220,841-72%1,640-576$135$138,306,5629Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$215,064-71%1,167-440$184$108,111,6527Paramount
13August: Osage County$126,375-70%1,327-992$95$34,416,8867Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$123,642-71%1,427-1326$87$17,607,4913Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$141,463-70%701-431$202$266,615,70019Warner Bros.
2Philomena$85,368-65%504-63$169$28,757,94312Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$73,739-69%678-494$109$47,421,57617Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$67,061-68%525-350$128$15,010,33613Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$66,202-67%537-396$123$255,464,5769Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$60,314-71%457-346$132$22,524,3468Warner Bros.
7Dallas Buyers Club$53,522-69%488-564$110$23,733,43315Focus
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$50,119-71%529-293$95$422,461,57212Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$26,670-61%346-74$77$124,820,9828Paramount
10Devil's Due$25,522-65%385-905$66$15,430,6854Fox
11The Legend Of Hercules$18,298-75%248-350$74$18,407,3665Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,494-66%242-168$64$57,213,6647Fox
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,330-73%251-72$61$35,215,1408Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$14,417-68%129-85$112$12,770,87710CBS Films
15Grudge Match$13,250-66%341100$39$29,534,2117Warner Bros.
16The Book Thief$10,231-60%135-43$76$20,960,13414Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,412-74%197-23$48$119,285,27420Sony / Columbia
18Captain Phillips$9,221-68%182-63$51$106,744,89618Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,684-71%103-47$55$32,390,7356Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$4,111-78%115-48$36$52,532,4419Lionsgate
21Free Birds$2,220-80%109-26$20$55,569,72515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$21,359-72%6536$329$573,3363Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$15,528-83%88--$176$352,5141Reliance Entertainment
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$4,252-74%76-271$56$1,339,3173Roadside Attractions
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,907-50%46-31$63$8,188,11911Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$1,951-60%60-44$33$63,883,03815CBS Films
6Knights of Badassdom$1,257173%9-2$140$88,0533eOne Films US
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,249-43%1--$1,249$8,5471Rialto Pictures
8At Middleton$411-65%8-12$51$50,3642Anchor Bay / Freestyle
9All Is Lost$175-79%12-13$15$6,253,33717Roadside Attractions
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$171-73%11-41$16$116,631,48126Weinstein Company
11The Pretty One$147-66%1--$147$1,6311Dada Films
12Love Is in the Air$102-14%3-3$34$7,7382Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$99-46%1--$99$7331Rialto Premieres