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 Thu, Jun. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$5,424,480-6%3,306--$1,641$82,450,1301Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$4,684,897-2%4,253--$1,102$69,876,7351Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$2,441,9862%3,623-325$674$172,968,5683Disney
4The Fault in Our Stars$2,178,779-2%3,273100$666$90,128,3332Fox
5Edge of Tomorrow$1,703,3290%3,50515$486$64,171,4932Warner Bros.
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,026,302-1%3,042-597$337$210,594,2504Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$399,1731%2,088-1022$191$193,095,0845Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$384,910-1%2,413-747$160$38,701,9003Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$322,4300%1,896-778$170$144,348,5756Universal
10Chef$286,606-2%1,102-196$260$15,097,1906Open Road
11Blended$239,0590%1,581-1347$151$41,351,3914Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$121,9534%682-799$179$198,877,2057Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$103,3361%577-1066$179$33,864,1485Disney
3Belle$84,2144%338-138$249$8,879,4807Fox Searchlight
4Rio 2$82,1383%383-319$214$126,962,61310Fox
5Divergent$70,1356%33638$209$149,889,67213Lionsgate / Summit
6Heaven is for Real$63,1438%53286$119$89,631,9569Sony / TriStar
7Words and Pictures$49,877-7%217119$230$1,262,8704Roadside Attractions
8The LEGO Movie$43,012-32%30127$143$256,523,72519Warner Bros.
9The Grand Seduction$39,2064%104-3$377$1,438,6263eOne Films US
10The Other Woman (2014)$37,2385%244-245$153$82,873,9978Fox
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,66410%207-17$158$110,735,33815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$28,2922%149-36$190$58,214,29515Fox Searchlight
13The Signal (2014)$25,6583%120--$214$253,9501Focus
14God's Not Dead$24,41110%150-50$163$60,389,07113Freestyle / Pure Flix
15The Immigrant$22,4643%140-5$160$1,770,0435Weinstein Company
16Noah$10,20715%103-33$99$101,200,04412Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,3839%412$1,131$3,113,85311Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fed Up$14,88229%56-32$266$1,373,1026RADiUS-TWC
3Moms' Night Out$10,51113%81-211$130$10,118,1396Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$7,9993%85-14$94$20,253,3618Relativity Media
5The Railway Man$5,5275%50-127$111$4,326,61010Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$5,494-2%18--$305$81,3072RADiUS-TWC
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,649-54%43-41$85$8,352,0986Clarius Entertainment
8Draft Day$3,27617%53-60$62$28,842,23710Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$2,121-1%31-16$68$27,682,73810Relativity Media
10Transcendence$2,00320%58-47$35$23,022,3099Warner Bros.
11The Hornet's Nest$618-29%3-13$206$302,0516Freestyle Releasing
12Accident (2014 re-issue)$350-22%1--$350$15,7144Rialto Pictures
13Filmistaan$23966%8-16$30$45,4062UTV Motion Pictures
14The Unknown Known$185-46%30$62$275,17811RADiUS-TWC
15Blue Ruin$169-37%2-1$85$257,5638RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$166-33%1-2$166$63,6494UTV Motion Pictures