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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 27 - Sun, Jun. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$100,000,000--4,233--$23,624$100,000,0001Paramount
222 Jump Street$15,400,000-44%3,426120$4,495$139,836,8923Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$13,100,000-47%3,750-518$3,493$121,814,5323Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$10,400,000-64%2,2250$4,674$48,168,3602Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$8,237,000-36%3,073-377$2,680$201,870,3905Disney
6Jersey Boys$7,610,000-43%2,9050$2,620$27,342,4862Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$5,210,000-47%2,535-677$2,055$84,154,6324Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$4,800,000-44%2,845-495$1,687$109,545,0184Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,300,000-46%2,014-667$1,639$223,393,4726Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,654,000-3%801-160$2,065$19,410,0498Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$1,000,000-47%750-615$1,333$197,085,1007Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$740,000-46%510-523$1,451$147,195,3858Universal
4Obvious Child$555,595127%196141$2,835$1,285,2254A24
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$512,000-68%483-934$1,060$41,670,9555Universal
6Rio 2$475,00015%32212$1,475$128,178,13412Fox
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$383,00095%28197$1,363$257,204,97713Disney
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$320,000-49%274-160$1,168$200,183,0819Sony / Columbia
9Million Dollar Arm$301,000-44%273-171$1,103$35,013,1667Disney
10Ida (2014)$248,000-8%127-6$1,953$2,471,8639Music Box Films
11Belle$241,000-24%175-69$1,377$9,641,1929Fox Searchlight
12The Other Woman (2014)$150,000-31%195-36$769$83,392,10710Fox
13Words and Pictures$135,400-37%105-70$1,290$1,730,7626Roadside Attractions
14The Rover$100,596-79%247-361$407$979,9033A24
15The Signal (2014)$67,000-55%180-24$372$553,2883Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$162,127--8--$20,266$162,1271RADiUS-TWC
2Begin Again$148,325--5--$29,665$148,3251Weinstein Company
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$120,000-10%90-22$1,333$58,550,34117Fox Searchlight
4Third Person$80,654108%1813$4,481$136,3842Sony Pictures Classics
5The Breakup Guru$67,000--12--$5,583$67,0001China Lion Film
6America (2014)$39,000--3--$13,000$39,0001Lionsgate
7Le Chef$34,800208%1918$1,832$54,5522Cohen Media Group
8Yves Saint Laurent$24,502--2--$12,251$36,1561Weinstein Company
9The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$24,301--12--$2,025$24,3011FilmBuff / Participant
10A Coffee in Berlin$24,00097%104$2,400$52,9493Music Box Films
11Fed Up$23,411-17%32-15$732$1,453,3868RADiUS-TWC
12Fading Gigolo$23,029-24%24-7$960$3,712,43611Millennium Entertainment
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$21,932-51%31-15$707$173,6394RADiUS-TWC
14Code Black$20,718228%21$10,359$31,5722Long Shot Factory
15Korengal$19,450--11--$1,768$55,2205Saboteur Media
16Coherence$13,500--4--$3,375$34,7292Oscilloscope
17Chinese Puzzle$11,30026%143$807$309,9647Cohen Media Group
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$10,950-15%20$5,475$32,9152Big World Pictures
19The Last Sentence$10,00011%64$1,667$24,1772Music Box Films
20Palo Alto$5,681--9--$631$750,1128Tribeca Film
21Siddharth$4,500--1--$4,500$4,5001Zeitgeist Films
22Frozen (2013)$4,000-54%14-9$286$400,715,51732Disney
23The Unknown Known$425-11%1-1$425$276,38113RADiUS-TWC