B.O. Roundup, September 12-14: 'No Good Deed' Defeats 'Dolphin Tale 2'

Sunday, 14 September 2014 12:36 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, September 12-14: 'No Good Deed' Defeats 'Dolphin Tale 2'

Home invasion proved more popular than a heartwarming animal story at the box office.

No Good Deed debuted in first place this weekend by a considerable margin, outpacing fellow new release Dolphin Tale 2.

Elsewhere in the top ten, a crime drama opened in limited release while Marvel's latest blockbuster continued busting blocks, crossing a big box office milestone.

The summer movie season closed with a whimper.  Last weekend was, in fact, the quietest in several years.  This frame was still nothing stellar, but saw a brief uptick thanks largely to No Good Deed, which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson as an escaped convict and the mother he's terrorizing in a taut, straightforward thriller.

The easily-sold setup and stars with increasingly devoted fan followings opened on 2,175 screens in North America and earned an estimated $24.5 million.

No Good Deed's debut is about on par with 2009's Obsessed, another thriller starring Elba that debuted to the tune of $28.6 million.  That earlier film also co-starred Beyonce, though.  Taraji P. Henson is an Oscar-nominated thespian, but Queen Be is is probably a bigger draw.  Comparisons aside, No Good Deed is the first new release since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to open with more than $20 million.  And it did so without being screened for critics; Screen Gems said this was to keep a lid on spoilers but the 12% RT® score suggests otherwise.

No Good Deed enjoyed strong business from female moviegoers, but Dolphin Tale 2 was aiming right for families.  According to current estimates, the feel-good sequel opened to $16.5 million from 3,656 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

That's down about 14% from the $19.1 million debut of the first Dolphin Tale back in September 2011.  Diminished returns still tend to be the rule among non-event movie sequels, however, so the slip downwards isn't exactly a huge surprise.  Here's the funny thing in comparing the two: the actual audience is pretty much the same between Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, but the first got a little boost from 3D ticket sales.

Guardians of the Galaxy dropped down to third place for the first time, adding an estimated $8.0 million to its domestic total.  Speaking of which, the slick space movie's Stateside haul now totals $305.9 million.  Last weekend it became the biggest film of 2014 so far, now it's the first movie since Frozen to cross the $300 million mark domestically.  With another $305.6 internationally, Guardians has now tallied up $611.5 million worldwide.

Let's talk limited releases. 

The Drop, which includes the late James Gandolfini's final screen performance, opened in just 809 theaters, but it still cracked the top ten at sixth place, bringing in an estimated $4.2 million.  The well-reviewed crime drama starring Tom Hardy and Gandolfini will expand to several hundred more theaters next week.

Then there's The Skeleton Twins, a drama-comedy starring national treasures Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.  Playing at just 16 theaters, The Skeleton Twins earned an estimated $411,000 for an outstanding per-theater average of $27,400.  That bodes well for next week's expansion and the eventual wide release on September 26th.

Check out the top ten movies in America for the weekend of September 12th to 14th:

1. No Good Deed...........................................................$24.5 million..............New Release

2. Dolphin Tale 2............................................................$16.5 million..............New Release

3. Guardians of the Galaxy...........................................$8.0 million...............$305.9 million

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...................................$4.8 million...............$181.0 million

5. Let's Be Cops.............................................................$4.3 million...............$72.9 million

6. The Drop....................................................................$4.2 million...............New Release

7. If I Stay.......................................................................$4.0 million...............$44.9 million

8. The November Man...................................................$2.7 million...............$22.4 million

9. The Giver....................................................................$2.6 million...............$41.3 million

10. The Hundred-Foot Journey....................................$2.4 million...............$49.4 million

Your local multiplex gets a whole lot more crowded this Friday. 

Due in theaters nationwide are four wildly different new movies: dystopia YA adaptation The Maze Runner, Liam Neeson crime-drama-thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, all-star vanilla drama-comedy This Is Where I Leave You, and even Kevin Smith's Tusk, a film about a guy turning another guy into a walrus.


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