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, Aug. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,573,025-2%3,697-391$696$234,253,8573Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,322,198-4%3,980135$583$128,809,8062Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$1,651,523-6%3,094158$534$34,246,1681Fox
4The Giver$1,061,127-5%3,003--$353$17,370,5381Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 3$1,010,019-7%3,221--$314$20,918,1771Lionsgate
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$834,861-2%2,04320$409$27,188,2042Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$608,383-11%3,4340$177$34,501,3842Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$516,295-17%2,520-532$205$110,235,2704Universal
9Step Up All In$210,951-19%2,0720$102$12,964,0482Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$194,466-8%1,475-1421$132$69,086,2964Paramount
11Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$192,419-15%1,262-589$152$202,860,9706Fox
12Get On Up$149,050-12%1,101-1179$135$27,764,9903Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$264,9159%771265$344$14,662,0486IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$163,99512%960-892$171$56,346,6295Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$131,437-4%644-157$204$13,189,9894Roadside Attractions
4What If$106,853-13%787767$136$1,552,4542CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$90,3134%377-149$240$171,606,96210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$48,875-29%575-630$85$70,405,7155Universal
7Calvary$47,402-2%13086$365$1,087,5133Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$45,812-3%362-749$127$14,514,6014Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$34,025-24%317-416$107$37,941,8945Sony / Columbia
10Edge of Tomorrow$33,1632%261-4$127$99,830,58211Warner Bros.
1122 Jump Street$31,834-14%172-106$185$190,091,24410Sony / Columbia
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$28,153-6%223-4$126$232,603,58113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$25,081-7%206-17$122$124,295,18911Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$23,016-4%206-374$112$243,439,6038Paramount
15Chef$22,02020%122-120$180$29,375,80315Open Road
16Tammy$17,598-15%276-274$64$83,222,3407Warner Bros. / New Line
17Earth to Echo$12,880-23%154-63$84$37,728,0417Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,30613%128-38$81$131,454,25819Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,587-1%118-60$81$200,626,32714Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,19515%115-35$80$46,658,4219Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,5488%111-33$77$46,244,44313Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,4700%106-33$70$150,086,80015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$36,586-1%410$892$6,265,28120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$13,35812%1812$742$445,8658Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$7,9029%42-29$188$4,403,5928RADiUS-TWC
4Begin Again$7,2450%62-183$117$14,486,1328Weinstein Company
5The Grand Seduction$5,295-33%25-8$212$3,350,65212eOne Films US
6The Fluffy Movie$5,1628%51-105$101$2,806,2264Open Road
7America (2014)$3,62118%62-59$58$14,390,0428Lionsgate
8Wish I Was Here$2,85110%54-148$53$3,549,3385Focus
9Kick$1,489-42%16-58$93$2,472,6954UTV Motion Pictures
10Words and Pictures$1,48215%153$99$2,171,25713Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,138-17%15-2$76$257,749,27028Warner Bros.
12I Origins$64580%13-75$50$336,4725Fox Searchlight
13Jake Squared$226-21%10--$23$2,5921Freestyle Releasing
14Fed Up$2070%53$41$1,538,61215RADiUS-TWC
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8-73%2-1$4$213,93211RADiUS-TWC