'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, May. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$19,752,944-24%3,996--$4,943$110,576,6041Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$7,490,882-28%3,9520$1,895$155,785,6652Warner Bros.
3Blended$3,451,174-26%3,555--$971$17,735,2051Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$3,101,070-32%3,266-45$950$116,803,5953Universal
5Million Dollar Arm$2,199,661-10%3,0190$729$22,703,4462Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,187,251-19%3,160-831$692$187,111,8314Sony / Columbia
7Rio 2$943,4944%1,701-670$555$122,508,7407Fox
8The Other Woman (2014)$795,320-33%2,154-900$369$78,604,1495Fox
9Heaven is for Real$756,5181%1,720-1173$440$86,590,0846Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$526,371-16%1,373-898$383$254,112,0968Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$709,198-12%498426$1,424$4,264,0833Open Road
2Belle$529,391-7%453280$1,169$4,383,9504Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$239,711-6%861-185$278$8,983,0723Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$206,933-13%644-347$321$148,108,20610Lionsgate / Summit
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$180,82920%674-1904$268$7,863,9343Clarius Entertainment
6The Railway Man$177,562-4%600417$296$3,620,8987Weinstein Company
7The Grand Budapest Hotel$173,705-23%360-270$483$56,763,20212Fox Searchlight
8The LEGO Movie$134,062-9%323-32$415$255,055,80516Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$126,003-13%147144$857$639,1172Weinstein Company
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$94,988-6%286-33$332$109,771,47312Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11God's Not Dead$83,638-9%245-535$341$59,589,27410Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend$74,555--161--$463$657,7271Eros International
13Muppets Most Wanted$68,440--269--$254$50,450,96810Disney
15Fed Up$66,003-20%10247$647$770,5953RADiUS-TWC
16Fading Gigolo$62,637--186--$337$3,180,9476Millennium Entertainment
18Non-Stop (2014)$32,130-29%153-67$210$91,699,24513Universal
20Transcendence$23,138-25%202-113$115$22,851,9586Warner Bros.
21Draft Day$22,349-12%145-350$154$28,592,5347Lionsgate / Summit
22Brick Mansions$21,908-62%168-556$130$19,982,9595Relativity Media
23Oculus$15,386-30%105-35$147$27,539,2277Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ida (2014)$53,023--34--$1,560$664,8684Music Box Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,051-10%392$1,155$2,164,7508Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Hornet's Nest$30,7849%5740$540$179,4833Freestyle Releasing
4Words and Pictures$27,557-10%10--$2,756$115,4361Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$26,618--68--$391$3,886,35013Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$24,074--42--$573$382,9463Tribeca Film
7Journey to the South Pacific$23,129--18--$1,285$2,872,29426IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Only Lovers Left Alive$19,954--70--$285$1,469,2057Sony Pictures Classics
9A Haunted House 2$19,678-30%88-36$224$17,191,6036Open Road
10Hubble 3D$15,023--20--$751$44,282,752219Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Chinese Puzzle$11,408--10--$1,141$90,3152Cohen Media Group
12Under the Skin (2014)$11,258--32--$352$2,336,5478A24
13Need For Speed$10,778--89--$121$43,453,26611Disney / DreamWorks
14Cold in July$10,192--6--$1,699$50,5091IFC Films
15The German Doctor$9,591--23--$417$349,8105IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Quiet Ones$9,482-23%92-249$103$8,457,1405Lionsgate
17Finding Vivian Maier$9,056--40--$226$1,322,4809IFC Films
18Frozen (2013)$8,028--73--$110$400,585,52927Disney
19The Double (2014)$6,933--0----$101,8883Magnolia Pictures
20The Dance of Reality$6,863--2--$3,432$31,6311ABKCO Films
21300: Rise of an Empire$6,821-43%71-84$96$106,570,80912Warner Bros.
22Heropanti$5,713-48%16--$357$38,5441UTV Motion Pictures
23Le Week-End$3,960--21--$189$2,190,77711Music Box Films
24Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$3,944--2--$1,972$17,6681IFC Films
2550 to 1$3,672--10--$367$705,23210Ten Furlongs
26Jodorowsky's Dune$3,501--17--$206$581,30410Sony Pictures Classics
27God's Pocket$3,428--28--$122$158,1583IFC Films
28The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,276--11--$207$221,2858Zeitgeist Films
29Particle Fever$2,080--3--$693$844,54112Abramorama / Bond 360
30Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,86812%1--$1,868$7,6661Rialto Pictures
31Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,445--5--$289$18,4042International Film Circuit
32Son of God$1,118--21-25$53$59,690,08813Fox
33Nymphomaniac: Volume I$1,096--5--$219$773,83410Magnolia Pictures
34Young and Beautiful$1,055--8--$132$42,7195IFC Films
35Under the Sea 3D$919--9--$102$33,971,072276Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Bad Words$789-27%21-62$38$7,778,34911Focus
37For No Good Reason$681--4--$170$35,0905Sony Pictures Classics
38Tim's Vermeer$571--5--$114$1,671,37717Sony Pictures Classics
39Blue Ruin$480243%5-19$96$247,3835RADiUS-TWC
40Bicycling with Molière$390--2--$195$35,9475Strand Releasing
412 States$386-64%4-28$97$2,237,0156UTV Motion Pictures
42Tasting Menu$372--1--$372$15,2436Magnolia Pictures
43To the Arctic 3D$368--5--$74$14,062,023110Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Raid 2$349--6--$58$2,609,9309Sony Pictures Classics
45The Jewish Cardinal$342--2--$171$128,10320Film Movement
46That Demon Within$313--1--$313$171,0386China Lion Film
47The Missing Picture$262--2--$131$51,59910Strand Releasing
48Nymphomaniac: Volume II$254--6--$42$318,7718Magnolia Pictures
49Sweet Dreams (2013)$240--3--$80$53,49730International Film Circuit
50Godzilla: The Japanese Original$224-91%4-4$56$128,2266Rialto Pictures
51Ilo Ilo$186--2--$93$39,8148Film Movement
52Next Year Jerusalem$183--1--$183$4,5432First Run Features
53Alan Partridge$139--2--$70$153,2858Magnolia Pictures
54Stage Fright (2014)$137--1--$137$6,8303Magnolia / Magnet
55Grand Départ$12045%1--$120$4591Rialto Premieres
5620 Feet from Stardom$87--2--$44$4,945,69150RADiUS-TWC
57The Unknown Known$60-86%52$12$268,7308RADiUS-TWC
58In Bloom$30--1--$30$51,58420Big World Pictures