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 Wed, Feb. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,673,346-25%3,7750$708$149,006,9402Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,253,309-29%3,3720$372$33,015,1031Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,049,556-20%3,0830$340$48,941,6692Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$891,511-24%2,253--$396$29,895,3201Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$454,973-17%2,101-359$217$379,250,58613Disney
6Endless Love (2014)$434,425-25%2,896--$150$15,421,2301Universal
7Ride Along$402,720-17%2,517-168$160$118,090,4955Universal
8Winter's Tale$331,446-25%2,965--$112$8,782,7131Warner Bros.
9Lone Survivor$241,560-11%2,013-467$120$119,489,5718Universal
10That Awkward Moment$211,737-25%1,922-887$110$22,454,4523Focus
11Philomena$194,563-8%1,225721$159$31,334,39513Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,277-6%1,918-1086$94$58,649,3205Open Road
13American Hustle$172,048-7%1,072-416$160$142,203,59710Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$142,550-18%1,278-861$112$48,340,6935Paramount
15Vampire Academy$122,479-18%2,6760$46$7,229,3312Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$92,147-5%1,010-317$91$36,127,6088Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$83,230-22%1,664-920$50$12,794,7203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$158,006-7%751-416$210$111,363,5338Paramount
2Gravity$83,399-7%355-346$235$268,345,78220Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$63,276-13%386-180$164$48,491,21118Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$57,445-6%324-201$177$16,029,37214Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$49,081-4%255-202$192$23,519,3279Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$34,465-20%285-252$121$256,309,31810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$33,901-7%326-203$104$423,273,34013Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$33,874-7%223-265$152$24,414,66716Focus
9I, Frankenstein$31,699-26%468-959$68$18,483,6244Lionsgate
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,262-6%261-85$62$125,151,7529Paramount
11The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,842-14%201-41$79$57,531,8098Fox
12Walking With Dinosaurs$10,789-26%248-3$44$35,483,6399Fox
13Devil's Due$8,648-5%123-176$70$15,647,7505Fox
14Grudge Match$7,692-15%291-50$26$29,690,3388Warner Bros.
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,651-20%181-16$42$119,452,30721Sony / Columbia
16Captain Phillips$6,423-14%135-47$48$106,885,62219Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$35,1303%9833$358$1,080,3464Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$12,98616%86-43$151$12,986,14411CBS Films
3The Book Thief$8,751-16%94-41$93$21,118,63915Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$6,901-30%77-11$90$592,6772Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$4,865-18%90-158$54$18,541,1536Lionsgate / Summit
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,67114%34-12$108$8,228,75812Weinstein Company
7Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,13013%62-41$50$32,459,2557Paramount
8Free Birds$2,280-6%75-34$30$55,622,92416Relativity Media
9Last Vegas$1,283122%41-19$31$63,912,44416CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$924-47%15-61$62$1,357,0804Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78923%10$789$17,4032Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$29922%9-3$33$6,260,16618Roadside Attractions
13At Middleton$188-9%1-6$188$53,5333Anchor Bay / Freestyle
14The Pretty One$114-50%10$114$4,9832Dada Films
15Knights of Badassdom$18-99%2-7$9$105,2804eOne Films US