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 Wed, Jul. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$3,886,167-23%3,9692$979$152,376,4462Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$2,567,490-28%2,806--$915$39,270,3601Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,119,771-9%3,826--$554$23,814,5181Disney
4Sex Tape$1,516,212-23%3,062--$495$19,645,8101Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$1,185,772-18%3,224-689$368$230,802,4534Paramount
6Tammy$897,599-19%3,402-63$264$73,938,8153Warner Bros. / New Line
7How to Train Your Dragon 2$709,145-6%2,169-716$327$162,809,3856Fox / DreamWorks Animation
822 Jump Street$667,902-15%2,229-582$300$182,614,5656Sony / Columbia
9Earth to Echo$557,591-8%2,450-780$228$33,629,7013Relativity Media
10Maleficent$512,892-9%1,541-536$333$229,842,5838Disney
11Begin Again$352,906-13%1,302363$271$10,420,2804Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$228,515-8%1,030-75$222$12,119,8904Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$193,356-19%1,491-1558$130$29,869,8173Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$181,365-14%1,003-965$181$44,975,6605Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$159,666-7%557-445$287$122,074,6377Fox
2Chef$155,5424%552-149$282$26,356,20411Open Road
3Edge of Tomorrow$146,164-9%602-501$243$97,059,7447Warner Bros.
4Think Like a Man Too$107,688-20%628-603$171$64,295,2625Sony / Screen Gems
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$96,819-16%387-268$250$230,791,9699Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$74,611-6%32623$229$199,244,83410Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$62,898-6%211-145$298$3,643,7654RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$56,574-6%256-29$221$130,400,30815Fox
9Blended$45,377-14%285-50$159$45,352,5099Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$36,685-6%230-37$160$149,205,53511Universal
11The LEGO Movie$15,657-5%202-148$78$257,529,70324Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$165,6178%3429$4,871$2,247,1142IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$71,65446%410$1,748$4,785,83316Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Wish I Was Here$60,151-4%68--$885$662,4601Focus
4The Grand Seduction$23,207-5%90-2$258$3,002,0388eOne Films US
5Belle$19,159-2%92-15$208$10,501,82812Fox Searchlight
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$8,68413%46-17$189$58,966,08320Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,153-3%63-15$114$111,310,35420Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Other Woman (2014)$5,747-24%60-36$96$83,839,55713Fox
9Yves Saint Laurent$4,023-3%11-3$366$221,5484Weinstein Company
10I Origins$4,011-1%4--$1,003$39,0081Fox Searchlight
11Fed Up$1,72735%12-8$144$1,520,64711RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$1,1330%11-14$103$60,740,98218Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$279-49%104$28$207,5037RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$2390%8-2$30$8,459,64211Clarius Entertainment