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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
198538 (Sep 20 - Sep 22) - 1985$14,851,692-41%$16,737,313-42%Back to the Future
198338 (Sep 23 - Sep 25) - 1983$15,423,345-22%$18,261,007-16%Mr. Mom
198638 (Sep 19 - Sep 21) - 1986$17,567,33818%$20,717,28224%Top Gun
198838 (Sep 16 - Sep 18) - 1988$20,473,628-38%$25,779,048-26%A Fish Called Wanda
198438 (Sep 21 - Sep 23) - 1984$25,311,32664%$28,653,98257%All of Me
199138 (Sep 20 - Sep 22) - 1991$25,830,940-25%$29,573,656-21%Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
199338 (Sep 17 - Sep 19) - 1993$32,317,355-2%$39,401,5504%Striking Distance
199438 (Sep 23 - Sep 25) - 1994$32,749,3801%$36,484,305-7%Timecop
199238 (Sep 18 - Sep 20) - 1992$32,832,91627%$37,854,13228%Sneakers
198738 (Sep 18 - Sep 20) - 1987$33,023,93088%$34,796,67468%Fatal Attraction
198938 (Sep 22 - Sep 24) - 1989$33,489,04564%$36,175,97640%Black Rain
199038 (Sep 21 - Sep 23) - 1990$34,219,3172%$37,477,8894%Goodfellas
200138 (Sep 21 - Sep 23) - 2001$39,170,269-12%$59,368,368-5%Hardball
199538 (Sep 22 - Sep 24) - 1995$40,976,64225%$46,435,20427%Seven
199638 (Sep 20 - Sep 22) - 1996$44,173,7558%$49,320,3876%The First Wives Club
200038 (Sep 22 - Sep 24) - 2000$44,542,247-32%$62,347,629-21%Urban Legends: Final Cut
199738 (Sep 19 - Sep 21) - 1997$49,465,76712%$54,797,06311%In & Out
200438 (Sep 17 - Sep 19) - 2004$59,791,567-31%$78,615,649-26%Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
199838 (Sep 18 - Sep 20) - 1998$64,341,48130%$66,832,66722%Rush Hour
200238 (Sep 20 - Sep 22) - 2002$64,607,04165%$80,170,36935%Barbershop
199938 (Sep 17 - Sep 19) - 1999$65,709,6452%$78,804,59618%Blue Streak
201338 (Sep 20 - Sep 22) - 2013$69,831,206-3%$87,223,337-4%Prisoners
201238 (Sep 21 - Sep 23) - 2012$71,888,652-31%$90,795,173-23%End of Watch
200838 (Sep 19 - Sep 21) - 2008$72,807,860-3%$89,308,561-8%Lakeview Terrace
200738 (Sep 21 - Sep 23) - 2007$75,161,130-3%$97,279,646-1%Resident Evil: Extinction
200638 (Sep 22 - Sep 24) - 2006$77,199,598-9%$98,612,359-1%jackass: number two
200938 (Sep 18 - Sep 20) - 2009$83,213,01014%$101,908,83914%Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
201038 (Sep 17 - Sep 19) - 2010$84,334,4841%$100,645,750-1%The Town
200538 (Sep 23 - Sep 25) - 2005$84,503,28841%$100,036,90027%Flightplan
200338 (Sep 19 - Sep 21) - 2003$86,198,54333%$105,821,45432%Underworld
201138 (Sep 23 - Sep 25) - 2011$103,498,94423%$117,901,81917%The Lion King 3D