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 Tue, Aug. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$3,513,71925%3,980135$883$124,080,7222Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$3,511,41622%3,697-391$950$229,057,7033Disney
3Let's Be Cops$2,505,10019%3,094--$810$30,829,4851Fox
4The Expendables 3$1,623,08623%3,221--$504$18,823,2011Lionsgate
5The Giver$1,569,58520%3,003--$523$15,187,1351Weinstein Company
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,055,37239%2,04320$517$25,502,9542Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$945,49927%3,4340$275$33,206,5922Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$769,32524%2,520-627$305$109,100,4654Universal
9Step Up All In$404,04344%2,0720$195$12,492,6372Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$302,90525%1,262-1044$240$202,442,8016Fox
11Hercules (2014)$285,66526%1,475-1421$194$68,681,4454Paramount
12Get On Up$214,19018%1,101-1368$195$27,445,8053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$267,59111%771265$347$14,152,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$172,67224%960-1320$180$56,035,8135Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$147,87815%644-157$230$12,921,2464Roadside Attractions
4What If$143,96921%787767$183$1,322,9982CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$106,96932%377-149$284$171,429,94210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$83,2057%575-1027$145$70,288,1205Universal
7Sex Tape$55,75635%317-627$176$37,862,8305Sony / Columbia
8And So It Goes$55,52040%362-749$153$14,421,4864Clarius Entertainment
9Calvary$49,5145%13086$381$991,8923Fox Searchlight
1022 Jump Street$41,77925%172-141$243$190,022,30010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$34,63811%261-4$133$99,764,86011Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$33,88510%223-4$152$232,545,63113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$29,52710%206-17$143$124,243,17011Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$27,90225%206-374$135$243,392,7118Paramount
15Tammy$24,39623%276-274$88$83,184,0547Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$20,61617%122-120$169$29,335,43315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$15,04122%154-63$98$37,698,4987Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,88532%128-38$85$131,434,84319Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,902-1%118-60$84$200,607,03614Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,28219%115-35$81$46,641,2309Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,69416%111-33$78$46,227,98413Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,460-6%106-33$70$150,071,89515Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$34,55810%410$843$6,191,59020Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$21,78278%1812$1,210$420,6268Weinstein Company
3Begin Again$8,35713%62-183$135$14,471,6088Weinstein Company
4Snowpiercer$7,33525%42-29$175$4,388,4448RADiUS-TWC
5Kick$6,172333%16-58$386$2,467,5374UTV Motion Pictures
6The Grand Seduction$5,86479%25-8$235$3,337,50712eOne Films US
7The Fluffy Movie$5,2525%51-105$103$2,796,2844Open Road
8America (2014)$4,19828%62-59$68$14,383,3558Lionsgate
9Wish I Was Here$2,6511%54-148$49$3,543,8995Focus
10Words and Pictures$1,48285%153$99$2,168,48813Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,339-17%15-2$89$257,746,76928Warner Bros.
12Fed Up$398-3%53$80$1,538,19715RADiUS-TWC
13I Origins$389-8%13-75$30$335,4695Fox Searchlight
14Jake Squared$2011%10--$20$2,0811Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$17517%2-1$88$213,89411RADiUS-TWC