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 Sun, Jun. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$7,323,082-32%3,3060$2,215$109,911,1252Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$7,016,845-30%4,26815$1,644$94,596,0472Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Think Like a Man Too$6,753,452-34%2,225--$3,035$29,241,9111Sony / Screen Gems
4Maleficent$3,660,993-30%3,450-173$1,061$185,879,3344Disney
5Jersey Boys$3,459,116-34%2,905--$1,191$13,319,3711Warner Bros.
6Edge of Tomorrow$2,622,590-37%3,212-293$816$73,991,5733Warner Bros.
7The Fault in Our Stars$2,253,153-29%3,34067$675$98,694,0433Fox
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,686,603-35%2,681-361$629$216,744,7105Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$554,445-29%1,365-723$406$194,983,3886Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$417,325-39%1,417-996$295$40,302,4504Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$331,010-44%1,033-863$320$145,716,9507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$448,193-43%961-141$466$16,805,7807Open Road
2Blended$253,409-40%842-739$301$42,358,8835Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$165,274-39%434-248$381$199,510,8358Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$111,684-34%310-73$360$127,375,99211Fox
5Belle$87,712-37%244-94$359$9,198,2518Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$73,539-32%289-47$254$150,160,03514Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$64,368-40%12420$519$1,769,7174eOne Films US
8Words and Pictures$57,514-40%175-42$329$1,477,7615Roadside Attractions
9The Other Woman (2014)$53,842-42%231-13$233$83,091,1159Fox
10Heaven is for Real$53,697-24%201-331$267$89,811,56010Sony / TriStar
11The LEGO Movie$48,031-29%31514$152$256,696,31720Warner Bros.
12The Signal (2014)$44,366-25%20484$217$403,5862Focus
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$33,510-44%112-37$299$58,347,15616Fox Searchlight
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,273-35%179-28$164$110,844,75116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15God's Not Dead$28,126-22%112-38$251$60,481,73314Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$25,780-34%110-30$234$1,858,9456Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,139-22%410$857$3,243,36412Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$12,329-39%4628$268$125,8883RADiUS-TWC
3Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$11,271-9%529$217$8,388,5067Clarius Entertainment
4Moms' Night Out$10,844-53%50-31$217$10,166,9867Sony / TriStar
5Brick Mansions$10,798-14%60-25$180$20,285,5189Relativity Media
6The Railway Man$9,660-33%8434$115$4,361,68511Weinstein Company
7Fed Up$8,977-14%47-9$191$1,401,1947RADiUS-TWC
8Oculus$2,001-31%17-14$118$27,689,47411Relativity Media
9The Hornet's Nest$1,09217%30$364$305,0207Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$160-14%1-1$160$258,1139RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$135-28%2-1$68$275,65812RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$133202%21$67$142,83110Rialto Pictures