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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$41,530,000--2,903--$14,306$41,530,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$25,100,000-43%3,820-183$6,571$276,200,0353Universal
3Turbo$21,500,000--3,806--$5,649$31,202,7591Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$20,000,000-52%3,4910$5,729$79,515,8762Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$18,500,000--3,016--$6,134$18,500,0001Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$15,955,000-57%3,28510$4,857$68,235,2922Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$12,760,000--2,852--$4,474$12,760,0001Universal
8The Heat$9,325,000-33%2,689-439$3,468$129,292,4364Fox
9World War Z$5,200,000-44%2,066-937$2,517$186,941,0675Paramount
10Monsters University$5,005,000-53%2,186-956$2,290$248,997,2545Disney
11The Lone Ranger$4,260,000-63%2,273-1631$1,874$81,171,2433Disney
12White House Down$2,400,000-61%1,454-1112$1,651$68,452,6294Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$1,840,000-61%1,050-1100$1,752$285,021,0876Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$2,240,000100%304225$7,368$4,632,2703Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,100,000-56%748-144$2,807$30,012,8003Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$1,225,000-57%622-772$1,969$94,475,0926Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$736,006--353--$2,085$736,0061Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$465,000-65%333-517$1,396$114,439,6168Lionsgate / Summit
620 Feet from Stardom$398,004-20%1354$2,948$2,425,9906RADiUS-TWC
7Star Trek Into Darkness$388,000-43%250-153$1,552$225,121,70310Paramount
8Epic$385,000-20%319-33$1,207$105,599,5729Fox
9Fast & Furious 6$312,000-43%279-113$1,118$237,110,9759Universal
10The Croods$202,000-21%212-31$953$186,031,52318Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Before Midnight$200,771-32%107-47$1,876$7,423,7309Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$742,27292%3427$21,832$1,334,4852Weinstein Company
2Only God Forgives$315,008--78--$4,039$315,0081RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$162,000-32%88-3$1,841$1,076,2395Weinstein Company
4I'm So Excited$161,88554%5028$3,238$683,1274Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$143,800-44%95-43$1,514$3,831,0047Roadside Attractions
6The Attack$133,708--46--$2,907$916,5245Cohen Media Group
7Mud$89,050-34%75-38$1,187$21,234,41213Roadside Attractions
8Fill the Void$83,875-37%61-3$1,375$1,552,4629Sony Pictures Classics
9Still Mine$75,923281%1814$4,218$535,1632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
10The Bling Ring$70,000-56%38-59$1,842$5,628,5916A24
11Frances Ha$64,000-5%32-25$2,000$3,883,47610IFC Films
12Pain and Gain$29,000-61%70-80$414$49,735,45813Paramount
13The Act of Killing$28,067--1--$28,067$28,0671Drafthouse Films
14Crystal Fairy$24,300-3%97$2,700$65,6332IFC Films
15Stories We Tell$20,500-20%22-6$932$1,515,70711Roadside Attractions
16What Maisie Knew$4,294-61%8-5$537$1,057,58412Millenium Entertainment
17Stuck in Love$2,015-84%3-12$672$69,5343Millennium Entertainment