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5th Update, Monday, 3:18 Pm: Screen Gems’ thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs’ estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment’s crime drama The Drop ended the weekend at No. 6 for a $4.1M take or a respectable $5,000+ per screen for Fox Searchlight; it is James Gandolfini’s last film in release. The Identical dropped like a bomb in its second weekend (-75%) falling out of the Top 20 after a dismal opening. In fact, it’s even behind Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight which is its eighth week of release. It was a very soft box office weekend overall, »
- Anita Busch
This weekend's impressive $24.2 million opening of the low-budget thriller “No Good Deed” surprised most box-office analysts. But putting on the hindsight goggles, there were several reasons the home invasion drama starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson connected in a big way, and gave producer Will Packer his third No. 1 film of the year, on the heels of “Think Like a Man Too” and “Ride Along.” Also read: ‘No Good Deed’ Blows Out ‘Dolphin Tale 2' at Box Office Timing: There hadn't been a film aimed directly at African-American audiences since June, when “Think Like a Man Too” rolled out at No. »
- Todd Cunningham
We hadn’t checked in on Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” in a while. The sequel to insta-classic “Finding Nemo” has its star, Ellen DeGeneres, who is returning to the franchise to voice the easily-confused fish Dory. There have been some voice acting developments recently, but first let’s recap as to who is returning to the film along with DeGeneres. Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe, who played the Nemo’s dad Marlin and fishtank leader Gill, respectively, are also coming back. Vicki Lewis is also returning as fishtank denizen Deb (and, by extension, Deb’s mirror image “sister” Flo). But news has been released of two new voices joining the fun–Idris Elba and Dominic West. [ Read More ]
The Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson as the innocent he terrorizes, opened on top of the box office with $24.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. And Sony wasn't surprised.
"It's a movie that we really loved and felt that it was going to win," said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer. "You have to give it to the cast in Idris and Taraji. Their chemistry together is fantastic."
The film nearly doubled its reported budget in its first week of release, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
"It's the first brand new, post-summer release to really catch on," he said.
The Warner Bros.' feel-good film Dolphin Tale 2 debuted in second place with $16.5 million. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
With her film debut “Second Coming”, playwright Debbie Tucker Green has created an intriguing if meandering portrait of an ordinary London family torn apart by the miraculous and the unexplained. Nadine Marshall plays Jax, a woman married for over twenty years to hard-working railway worker husband Mark (Idris Elba). Ever since having their first child Jj (Kai Francis Lewis), now 11, the couple have grown distant, partly due to experiencing four traumatizing miscarriages. And yet, when we meet Jax, we learn through vague, cryptic conversations between her and a friend that she’s several weeks pregnant, despite being told by doctors that she can never conceive again. She and »
- Zeba Blay
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Margaret here, back to report on another quiet weekend at the box office. Powered by the considerable force of charisma that Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson supply, home-invasion thriller No Good Deed topped the box office with close to 25 million. In second place is the family film Dolphin Tale 2, which took in decent dollars despite an aggressively bland marketing campaign and the fact that the first one was barely a hit. Guardians of the Galaxy dropped only 22% to third place, and is now the first movie since Frozen to pass $300 million domestically. The Year of Chris Pratt continues.
Weekend Box Office
01 No Good Deed $24.5 *new*
02 Dolphin Tale 2 $16.6 *new*
03 Guardians Of The Galaxy $8.0 (cum. $305.9) Review
04 ...Ninja Turtles $4.8 (cum. $181.0) remember the animated one?
05 Let's Be Cops $4.3 (cum. $72.9)
06 The Drop $4.2 *new*
The stealth success story here is Let's Be Cops, which, despite abysmal reviews and release in one of the »
- Margaret de Larios
Who needs critics? After canceling press screenings for No Good Deed, Screen Gems earned bad press. Yet the home invasion thriller won the weekend, and media watchers are crediting the distributer's clever use of social media. Variety reports Screen Gems and Sony made savvy use of its stars, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, asking them to tweet to entice fans to see No Good Deed. It might seem a simple thing, but analysts say this minimal effort made the $13 million thriller a big, and almost instant, hit. In its first three days in theaters, No Good Deed has already pulled in $24.5 million. Not only was this enough to make it a financial success for Screen Gems, but also it was enough to make it the #1 release at the box office, beating out Dolphin Tale 2 ($16.5 mil) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($8 mil). Analysts suggest No Good Deed's bold »
On paper, "Dolphin Tale 2" looked like a stronger box office contender than "No Good Deed." Star-filled, family-friendly, upbeat animal sequel playing on nearly 3,700 screens vs. grim, modest-budget thriller debuting on about 2,200 screens? No wonder pundits predicted an opening around $24 million for "Dolphin" and $17 million for "Deed."
And yet, when Sunday's estimates came in, it was "Deed" boasting a $24.5 million debut and the top slot, while "Dolphin" settled for second place with $16.6 million.
What's behind the upset? A look at how the two films matched up head-to-head in their various elements offers some clues.
Empty Marketplace. Both films were positioned to take advantage of the current box office doldrums. Sure, there were other family films and action movies/thrillers playing, but they were all several weeks old and vulnerable. That said, September is generally not a good time for a family-friendly release (even though the first "Dolphin Tale" opened well »
- Gary Susman
The box office weekend was down again from 2013 with last year’s number one, Insidious Chapter 2, taking more than $12 million from this week’s chart topper.
Knocking Guardians of the Galaxy from its four weeks on top is the home invasion thriller No Good Deed starring Idris Elba. Made for around $13, No Good Deed opened in just over 2,000 screens to earn an impressive $24.5 million, making it an instant box office success.
Taking the number two slot is family sequel Dolphin Tale 2 with a decent $16.6 million. While the taking and chart placement is good, it is down on its predecessor which took $19.1 million in less theatres in its opening weekend.
And after four weeks at the top of the chart, the summer’s biggest movie Guardians of the Galaxy falls to third with a taking of $8 million bringing its domestic total to $306 million and its domestic total to $305.6 million. Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Luke Owen
To begin with, let me say that I applaud the goals of No Good Deed. Our screens are filled with fictional psychos, and more often than not their victims are women who, by demand of the screenplay, are too passive, weak or frightened to fight back against their attacker. This is meant to empower the bad guy, and make us in the audience hate him all the more as we await the hero, usually male, to arrive with gun drawn to save the day. On the surface, No Good Deed wants to lampshade the damsel in distress motif and say that damsels can save themselves. Sadly though, even the most wily and proactive of damsels can’t escape atrocious scripting and pacing.
Now, Idris Elba is a man of such towering gravitas that when he says we’re cancelling the apocalypse, you believe it. He’s also no stranger to playing morally dubious characters, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Married Women Over 30, here’s a pitch for a movie: My Dinner With Idris. You never thought it would happen to you, but one rainy night when your handsome and successful but distracted husband who doesn’t appreciate you is out of town, Idris Elba (The Wire, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) rings the doorbell of your spacious, tastefully furnished five-bedroom colonial. His rain-soaked clothes cling to his athletic frame as he apologizes for interrupting your evening, looking sexily embarrassed as he confesses he’s just totaled his car on the winding, leafy road that passes the large, semi-secluded, well-landscaped lot that affords you a measure of privacy. He wouldn’t dream of intruding while you’re feeding your adorable kids; he only want »
There might not be much breaking of box office records this weekend (well, except the Guardians of the Galaxy milestone), but returns are better this week than last, led by the critically panned No Good Deed. Starring Idris Elba as a mysterious stranger, the thriller raked in an estimated $24.5 million, already profiting against a $13.2 million budget. In second, Dolphin Tale 2 managed to be a winner with audiences and critics, but not yet against its own budget, bringing in an estimated $16.6 million against $36 million in costs. Guardians of the Galaxy, meanwhile, had to say goodbye to the top slot after a long battle, but it goes away happy; its estimated $8 million at the box office was enough to push it past the $300 million domestic mark and well-cemented as the highest domestic earner of 2014.
Outside of the top three, earnings dropped off quite a bit, but remain strangely grouped; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »
- Seth Paul
"No Good Deed" thriller, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P Henson, took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with over $24 million, which is almost double its $13 million budget. It has a lousy 14% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Meanwhile, "Dolphin Tale 2" settled for second place with $16.6 million, coming short of the $19.2 million opening of the first film in September of 2011. The sequel cost $36 million to make and has a decent 72% fresh rating. The other new release was "The Drop," which is James Gandolfini's last film. It co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend. The movie has released in only 809 theaters, grossing $4.2 million, good enough for sixth place. It has an 88% fresh rating. »
The box office saw some life this weekend while Marvel’s Guardians hit a new milestone.
In at number 1 is No Good Deed (read our review) with $24. 5 million. Clearly, audiences were looking for something new and this Idris Elba thriller fit the bill nicely. The film opened strong on Friday and was able to hold on throughout the weekend.
Dolphin Tale 2 is the number 2 film this weekend with $16.5 million. The sequel’s numbers were slightly off of its predecessor’s, which opened with $19 million in September 2011. Still, it’s a solid debut for relatively quiet box office weekend, and the film should be able to hold better than most as the ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Whenever a major tentpole film dominates the box-office for several weeks, it's usually an unexpected and over performing smaller film aiming at a very different market that knocks the weakening giant off its perch.
It happened again this weekend as the Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson-led, black female audience-targeted thriller "No Good Deed" kicked Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" out of the top slot. 'Deed', costing just $13 million to make, nearly doubled its production budget with a $24.5 million haul over three days.
Family film "Dolphin Tale 2" came in second with $16.6 million, behind the $19.2 million opening of the original back in 2011 though that film had a 3D bump. The news wasn't all bad for 'Guardians' either as it became the first film of 2014 to cross the $300 million mark at the domestic box-office. It came in third with $8 million, and worldwide it also passed the $600 million mark this weekend. »
- Garth Franklin
After four weeks of being at the top, Guardians of the Galaxy is no longer number one.
There's a new movie sweeping the box office this weekend, and it's finally taking the number one spot away from Guardians of the Galaxy. With an opening weekend of $24.5 million, the movie about an unstable escaped convict terrorizing a woman who is alone with her two children is number one this week. Starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, the two are also executive producers on the film. Already surpassing its $13.2 million budget, this thriller is one to beat.
In second, Dolphin Tale 2 made $16.5 million its opening weekend. The team of people who saved, dolphin, Winter's life are back to find her a companion. Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. reunite on-screen in this family movie. To compare to the first one, Dolphin Tale performed at $19 million its opening weekend.
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Producer Will Packer is having a great year. Four of his low-budget releases in 2014, all of which have a predominantly African-American featured cast, have opened to more than $20 million. His latest triumph is the home invasion thriller No Good Deed, which debuted to $24.5 million – almost twice its production cost of $13 million. (The other three titles are Ride Along, About Last Night… and Think Like a Man Too.) That opening was beyond industry expectations; however, with 60% of the crowd being females and few estrogen-leaning titles out in late summer, the big opening should not be much of a surprise.
No Good Deed marks a big opening for Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, actors who have built a following from film and television but have never capably opened a film to a good-size gross on their own. With a per-theater average of more than $11,000, No Good Deed‘s debut was similar »
- Jordan Adler
The Top Ten box office holds many surprises, from top-dog "No Good Deed," starring Idris Elba and weak family sequel "Dolphin Tale 2" to festival entry "The Drop" landing at number six. And The Weinstein Co.'s dystopian Ya adaptation "The Giver" has unexpectedly become its best-grosser in over a year. Unfortunately, the results continue to show a sizable decrease from the same weekend last year. The good news: initial strong international numbers this weekend for "The Maze" --which opens next week in the U.S.-- promise a much-needed turnaround ahead. The Top Ten 1. No Good Deed (Sony) New - Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 27; Est. production budget: $13 million $24,500,000 in 2,175 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $11,264; Cumulative: $24,500,000 2. Dolphin Tale 2 (Warner Bros.) New - Cinemascore: A; Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 59; Estimated production budget: $36 million; $16,550,000 in 3,656 »
- Tom Brueggemann
While our film critic Bilge Ebiri thought that two exceedingly fine (we mean that in both senses of the word) actors Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson were "curiously wasted" in No Good Deed, it didn't matter so much to the audience, as the movie pulled in $24.5 million dollars over the weekend for the top spot at the box office. The thriller comfortably beat out the children's movie Dolphin Tale 2, which brought in $16.5 million. Staying strong for like the millionth week in release was Guardians of the Galaxy, which brought in $8 million to bring its domestic grand total to $305.9 million. Coming in fourth and fifth were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Let's Be Cops with $4.8 and $4.3 million, respectively. The other new release, The Drop starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini brought in $4.2 million, albeit in just 800 theaters. In limited release, »
- E. Alex Jung
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