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 Fri, Mar. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Need For Speed$6,662,415--3,115--$2,139$6,662,4151Disney / DreamWorks
2300: Rise of an Empire$5,762,77493%3,49020$1,651$64,968,3272Warner Bros.
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,454,561129%3,95117$1,381$47,434,4772Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,215,328--1,896--$1,696$3,215,3281Lionsgate
5Non-Stop (2014)$3,198,915142%3,18370$1,005$61,388,7253Universal
6The LEGO Movie$2,053,39089%3,040-250$675$231,280,3186Warner Bros.
7Son of God$1,456,95178%2,990-281$487$46,931,6593Fox
8The Monuments Men$584,35485%1,594-407$367$72,403,0466Sony / Columbia
9Frozen (2013)$522,54467%1,466-194$356$394,761,39417Disney
103 Days to Kill$501,74668%1,566-782$320$27,234,1144Relativity Media
11Ride Along$430,095160%1,024-299$420$131,151,5609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$1,003,751--291--$3,449$1,003,7511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$336,60572%925-140$364$54,204,59722Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$237,06018%965-749$246$55,907,5915Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$209,48555%624-450$336$47,355,3855Sony / Screen Gems
5Pompeii$171,3341%671-987$255$21,999,3434Sony / TriStar
6American Hustle$169,97397%503-102$338$148,913,25414Sony / Columbia
7Gravity$150,261105%320-64$470$272,275,15324Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$125,032126%405-85$309$61,733,5879Open Road
9The Wolf of Wall Street$116,235100%286-73$406$116,048,14912Paramount
10Philomena$113,61940%502-168$226$36,343,78117Weinstein Company
11The Wind Rises$108,04717%305-191$354$3,956,9684Disney
12Dallas Buyers Club$103,06692%281-31$367$26,506,41820Focus
13Lone Survivor$78,98577%316-156$250$124,382,87612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$68,41465%277-56$247$257,625,83914Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$60,219425%268135$225$424,194,10017Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$55,58573%278-258$200$23,296,4655Universal
17That Awkward Moment$47,99054%122-66$393$25,762,7117Focus
18Her (2013)$43,884105%121-34$363$25,133,35113Warner Bros.
19Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$42,527235%15245$280$50,190,1719Paramount
20Repentance$30,04949%126-31$238$1,043,6743Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21August: Osage County$28,91991%2037$142$37,397,67612Weinstein Company
22Nebraska$19,92714%120-60$166$17,558,16318Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,103,5081338%6662$16,720$2,242,4482Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$37,862--6--$6,310$37,8621Focus
3Gloria (2014)$22,662115%75-1$302$1,844,6668Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,971100%88-45$216$58,077,68812Fox
5I, Frankenstein$13,30029%76-16$175$19,024,1788Lionsgate
6The Art of the Steal (2014)$13,195--60--$220$13,1951RADiUS-TWC
7Walking With Dinosaurs$9,870-28%98-66$101$35,953,58813Fox
8The Book Thief$9,6679%47-2$206$21,381,53519Fox
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,489--74-37$128$119,765,29525Sony / Columbia
10Stalingrad (2014)$8,239-39%70-73$118$935,6813Sony / Columbia
11Winter's Tale$6,55566%50-32$131$12,492,8735Warner Bros.
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$6,436-59%50-254$129$127,328,88113Paramount
13Ernest & Celestine$6,278236%93$698$38,1643GKIDS
14Labor Day (2013)$4,581-34%42-42$109$13,351,9187Paramount
15Free Birds$2,347-34%32-42$73$55,741,73120Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,99562%23-19$87$8,301,97016Weinstein Company
17The Word$1,272--1--$1,272$1,2721Scarlet Sky Productions
18Vampire Academy$97217%12-20$81$7,756,5246Weinstein Company
19Highway$525-40%1-8$525$528,1504UTV Motion Pictures