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 Wed, Feb. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,218,037-23%3,890115$313$187,047,9663Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$857,157-22%2,872--$298$15,066,2101Relativity Media
3The Monuments Men$708,577-12%3,064-19$231$59,978,5183Sony / Columbia
4Pompeii$692,782-31%2,658--$261$12,800,5511Sony / TriStar
5RoboCop (2014)$622,049-24%3,3720$184$46,115,0552Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$474,817-19%2,2530$211$39,896,8142Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$246,519-9%1,891-210$130$384,852,42414Disney
8Ride Along$240,355-15%2,186-331$110$123,893,8706Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$202,625-22%2,8960$70$20,460,2852Universal
10Winter's Tale$196,398-20%2,9650$66$11,880,9752Warner Bros.
11Philomena$180,086-1%1,004-221$179$33,220,29914Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$151,055-5%1,516-497$100$122,163,5419Universal
13That Awkward Moment$111,276-26%1,208-714$92$24,421,1454Focus
14The Nut Job$57,283-4%1,235-683$46$60,074,2606Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$167,280-4%903-169$185$144,597,39111Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$132,692-7%627-124$212$113,209,2259Paramount
3Gravity$72,162-12%348-7$207$269,502,09921Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$72,158-15%807-471$89$49,516,9856Paramount
512 Years a Slave$71,574-5%349-37$205$49,280,17819Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$54,4810%210-114$259$16,675,37215Paramount Vantage
7August: Osage County$54,474-5%525-485$104$36,827,0519Weinstein Company
8Her (2013)$52,430-1%250-5$210$24,124,03410Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,3655%175-48$208$24,845,16117Focus
10In Secret$29,358-2%266--$110$352,3171Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$25,499-21%266-19$96$256,719,00111Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gloria (2014)$24,512-5%11012$223$1,418,0335Roadside Attractions
13Labor Day (2013)$24,486-17%418-1246$59$13,179,4584Paramount
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$22,924-9%240-86$96$423,694,81414Lionsgate
15Vampire Academy$18,594-12%536-2140$35$7,665,3533Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$14,573-9%2087$70$57,766,0829Fox
17I, Frankenstein$12,396-20%217-251$57$18,706,5265Lionsgate
18Inside Llewyn Davis$11,0717%10721$103$13,106,94812CBS Films
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,143-7%11020$83$18,675,6877Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$7,670-3%214-34$36$35,657,55610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,826-4%108-183$35$29,758,8899Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$29,454-13%21--$1,403$543,6811Disney
2Highway$16,405-37%97--$169$383,8151UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$8,78413%84-10$105$21,216,30516Fox
4Devil's Due$5,642-3%84-39$67$15,738,8576Fox
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,475126%33-1$105$8,251,32013Weinstein Company
6Hasee Toh Phasee$1,769-21%33-44$54$639,7753Reliance Entertainment
7Knights of Badassdom$1,526-19%31$509$119,3975eOne Films US
8Free Birds$1,196-4%56-19$21$55,655,59117Relativity Media
9Barefoot$95821%18--$53$14,2851Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$649-12%54$130$13,0723Dada Films
11All Is Lost$304103%5-4$61$6,263,57019Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2726%10$272$20,7793Rialto Pictures
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$85-33%5-10$17$1,359,8505Roadside Attractions