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, Apr. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$6,219,552-73%3,938--$1,579$101,243,2731Disney
2Noah$1,255,452-75%3,5714$352$73,642,3572Paramount
3Divergent$803,491-74%3,631-305$221$114,809,0443Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$655,317-74%1,758580$373$33,213,5043Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$504,780-68%1,263286$400$33,700,4375Fox Searchlight
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$407,623-72%2,931-368$139$102,441,0065Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Muppets Most Wanted$373,371-79%3,052-142$122$42,376,1793Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$206,746-66%2,4860$83$9,065,0892Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$145,755-65%1,724-791$85$88,249,8756Universal
10Need For Speed$141,292-68%1,779-926$79$40,952,0374Disney / DreamWorks
11Bad Words$137,635-66%1,074232$128$6,079,3164Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$136,222-66%1,555-1046$88$104,160,1485Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$121,079-71%1,350-651$90$250,729,6639Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$69,906-79%6640$105$4,668,0782Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$29,970-73%481-796$62$58,575,2456Fox
3Frankie & Alice$27,318-69%171--$160$377,9651Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Frozen (2013)$26,610-71%321-66$83$398,965,50020Disney
5The Nut Job$25,886-68%285-9$91$63,532,13812Open Road
6Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$24,002-70%425-714$56$15,683,8304Lionsgate
7Gravity$23,224-66%255120$91$273,628,53827Warner Bros.
8Jinn$13,936-63%201--$69$163,2731Freestyle Releasing
9Ride Along$13,055-72%236-124$55$133,954,12512Universal
10Philomena$11,581-52%197-5$59$37,481,95120Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$7,704-56%128-100$60$56,508,70525Fox Searchlight
12Lone Survivor$5,605-68%140-25$40$125,075,30115Universal
133 Days to Kill$5,339-66%131-209$41$30,393,7457Relativity Media
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,049-71%130-55$39$258,312,35317Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$25,136-58%37--$679$213,4431Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$6,226-63%44--$142$75,6731CBS Films
3Her (2013)$3,494-56%85-25$41$25,527,30016Warner Bros.
4Veronica Mars$3,490-61%74-136$47$3,288,6134Warner Bros.
5Ernest & Celestine$2,797-75%2412$117$174,6256GKIDS
6Dallas Buyers Club$2,503-65%52-47$48$27,244,51523Focus
7Dom Hemingway$2,419-65%4--$605$41,1471Fox Searchlight
8August: Osage County$1,756-42%42-39$42$37,701,01215Weinstein Company
9Gloria (2014)$825-74%17-19$49$2,049,09311Roadside Attractions
10Watermark$821-43%2--$411$8,5451eOne Films US
11On the Other Side of the Tracks$755-60%50--$15$6,6781Weinstein Company
12The Players$706-65%50--$14$7,3801Weinstein Company
13Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$155-50%21$78$28,3519Rialto Pictures
14Vampire Academy$122-83%11-13$11$7,791,2689Weinstein Company