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4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm Pt: Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.
Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26 in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny (which »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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
After three quiet weeks in a row at number one, Guardians of the Galaxy finally began the usual descent down the charts, but not before crossing the $300 million mark. Already the number one movie of the year so far, that total makes it one of less than fifty movies to ever bank that much money in domestic sales. No Good Deed took the number one spot with $24 million. That's not a notable opening weekend for a PG-13 thriller, but it's a financial success for a movie made on a $14 million budget. Dolphin Tale 2 landed second place with a $16 million debut, down some from the first Dolphin Tale which banked $19 million when it arrived three years ago. James Gandolfini's final feature film The Drop got a quiet start, opening in just over 809 venues. It took in $4 million and sixth place overall, but its $5,000+ per screen total was the second »
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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No Good Deed easily took first place ahead of Dolphin Tale 2 on another quiet weekend at the domestic box office.Playing at 2,175 locations, the Screen Gems thriller opened to an estimated $24.25 million. That's in the same general range as 2009's Obsessed ($28.6 million), which shared a producer (Will Packer) and star (Idris Elba) with No Good Deed. More impressively, it debuted significantly higher than last year's The Call ($17.1 million), which was also a Sony thriller featuring a female protagonist in a confined location.No Good Deed managed to successfully combine a few key ingredients. First, and most importantly, it was well-positioned within the perennially successful home invasion subgenre. These movies manage to tap in to one of our most common fears (harm to our home/family), while also promising an element of wish fulfillment (taking control and fighting back against these invaders). Another key element to its success was its »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Though family films are usually a powerful driver at box offices around the world, it appears that America was more keen to embrace a stalkery, occasionally shirtless Idris Elba this week in psycho-thriller No Good Deed, which launched at the top of the box office there according to studio estimates.The film finds Elba as a jailbird recently denied parole who escapes during a transport and ends up at the home of single mother Taraji P. Henson. It earned $24.5 million in its first weekend, already making back more than its production budget and proving that even when he’s being a twisted, dangerous yet charming psycho, Idris Elba can draw them in. While the box office in the States remains in the doldrums, there can still be surprises.Swimming into second place is Dolphin Tale 2, which continues the story of Winter, the real-life dolphin resident in a Florida aquarium who was given a prosthetic tail. »
“No Good Deed” topped the box office this weekend and helped reinvigorate a floundering domestic movie business.
The Sony/Screen Gems thriller took in $24.5 million from 2,175 theaters, easily beating expectations. Going into the weekend, analysts expected the home invasion thriller to hover around $20 million. Females made up the bulk of the audience, taking up 60% of the seats in theaters, and 41% of ticket-buyers were under 30 years old.
“It’s not a full reversal of the weakness at the box office, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s good to see new films enter the marketplace and do all right.”
“They absolutely elevated it,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide distribution. »
- Brent Lang
Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson's new thriller No Good Deed sprinted past family offering Dolphin Tale 2 to win the North American box-office race with $24.5 million from 2,175 theaters, marking another win for producer Will Packer and Screen Gems. Dolphin Tale 2, from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., came in on the low end of expectations, grossing $16.6 million for a second-place finish. It wasn't able to match the $19.2 million opening of Dolphin Tale in September 2011, never welcome news for a sequel. Dolphin Tale 2, however, did earn an A
- Pamela McClintock
‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
It’s another day, another milestone for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Or maybe two.
The Marvel-Disney tentpole has earned $300 million at both the domestic and foreign box offices. “Guardians,” the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S., hit the mark on Friday and will make over $305 million Stateside by Sunday. It will cross $600 million worldwide by Saturday.
“Guardians” is the only movie of the year to cross $300 million domestically. Fellow Marvel-Disney blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” grossed $259.7 million, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” hauled $257.7 million and Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” reeled in $244.8 million. “Transformers,” however, is the global champ with $1.07 billion. The bulk of its revenues came from China, where “Guardians” won’t debut for another month.
The sci-fi adventure »
- Maane Khatchatourian
No Good Deed dominated the box office on Friday, while Dolphin Tale 2 opened below its predecessor. Meanwhile, crime drama The Drop exceeded expectations with a fourth place debut.Playing at 2,175 theaters, No Good Deed opened in the top spot with $8.8 million. That's a strong result for this modestly-budgeted thriller; among similar movies, that's in between Obsessed ($11.2 million) and The Call ($6.2 million). For the weekend, No Good Deed is on track to earn between $22 and $25 million. Dolphin Tale 2 took second place with $4.27 million. That's a bit lower than the first Dolphin Tale, which opened to $5.1 million around the same time in 2011. For the weekend, it will likely take in around $16 million.Even with two major new movies entering the marketplace, Guardians of the Galaxy still held strong; the movie was off just 23 percent to $2.09 million. Guardians will pass the $300 million mark on Saturday, making it the first movie to »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to The Wrap (who cite Disney as an official source on this news), Guardians of the Galaxy has now reached two more box office milestones by hitting the $300 million mark both domestically and overseas. It's the highest grossing release of 2014 in North America, topping fellow Marvel Studios release Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.7 million) and another release starring Chris Pratt, The Lego Movie ($257.7 million). Behind them is Transformers: Age of Extinction with $244.8 million, though it remains the #1 movie worldwide with over $1 billion. Unfortunately for Guardians of the Galaxy, it won't remain at #1 this weekend after an additional three weeks at the top, as it was placed behind new releases No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 yesterday. Regardless, it's now easy to see why Marvel gave a sequel the green light before the first was even released as the movie (which some said likely »
This movie was spectacular. Dolphin Tale 2 is about Sawyer (Nathan Gamble) and a dolphin named Winter, who became best friends in the first movie Dolphin Tale (2011). In DolphinTale 2, Winter isn’t the only dolphin anymore. We get to meet three new dolphins named Pamela, Hope, and Mandy. Oh and don’t forget Rufus, the craziest pelican in the world.
The movie starts off with Sawyer’s friend Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) working with Winter and Pamela at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. Sawyer is helping with the show and is in the water with Winter. And the coolest guest star ever, Bethany Hamilton (as herself), swims with Winter! Hamilton is the real-life surfer girl who lost an arm in a shark attack and inspired the movie Soul Surfer. Anyway, Winter tragically loses her dolphin friend, Pamela. But that’s not the only thing happening – Sawyer has to make a decision that »
- Miranda Clarke
The first Dolphin Tale got surprisingly strong reviews for an innocuous family flick. While as of yet there is no verdict in for the film’s sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, it seems widely agreed upon that the fact that there is a sequel at all is rather baffling. Like it’s predecessor, the movie is based on true events that took place at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, but there’s no hook to the story of (part 2’s) Hope the dolphin the way there is to that of (part 1’s) Winter, who needed to be fitted with a prosthetic tail by the Aquarium after losing her real tail to a crab trap. Oh wait, Hope was a baby when she was rescued, so the movie seems to be nakedly playing for “aww”s. If you’re in the mood for a movie about dolphins — and why wouldn’t you be? dolphins »
If I were the one running Warner Bros, I must admit it would not have occurred to me to pursue the idea of a sequel to 2011's "Dolphin Tale". After all, the first film was the story of how a dolphin lost her tail in a crab trap, only to find her way to an aquarium and animal rescue facility in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she was eventually fitted with an innovative prosthetic. Story told, right? The sequel answers that question with a resounding no, and in doing so, it serves to highlight just how difficult it is for people, even with the best of intentions, to keep these animals in captivity and in good health at the same time. In its own small way, the film is part of the same conversation as "Blackfish," making the case that it's important work, but under carefully controlled circumstances only, and never »
- Drew McWeeny
Not every film has to be The Lego Movie or Frozen. Sometimes it’s okay for a children’s film to be limited in aim and scope. Over the years, we’ve gotten so used to outfits like Pixar and Disney wowing us with ostensible kiddie fare that blows up into something greater — turning cute fables into dazzling metaphors, lending cosmic significance to stories about magic toys, or robots, or whatever — that a movie of modest ambitions seems like a letdown. Dolphin Tale 2, Lord knows, won’t rearrange anyone’s notion of childhood; you could probably recite most of the movie without having seen it. But there’s room in the cinematic universe for all of these films, and this one is appropriately heartwarming, a well-crafted family flick that gets the job done, then gets out of the way. The first Dolphin Tale recounted the friendship that developed between »
- Bilge Ebiri
The brave dolphin Winter returns alongside Nathan Gamble (Sawyer), Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Hazel), Ashley Judd (Lorraine), Harry Connick Jr. (Dr. Clay Haskett), Austin Stowell (Kyle), and Morgan Freeman (Dr. Cameron McCarthy) for the sequel .Dolphin Tale 2.. Director Charles Martin Smith also returns to the world of Winter as well as the pesky but adorable Rufus the Pelican.
Is the sequel better than the first? Take a look at my review of .Dolphin Tale 2!.
Here.s the official synopsis of .Dolphin Tale 2.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment's "Dolphin Tale 2" continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery-thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail-made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie "Dolphin Tale." The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., Oscar (R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, »
The career trajectory of Charles Martin Smith has been a fascinating one to watch. The perennial character actor (supporting roles in American Graffiti, Starman & The Untouchables) slowly transitioned behind the camera, helming such genre fare as Trick or Treat and Fifty/Fifty. Since then, Smith has transitioned to directing more topical dramas: The Snow Walker & Stone of Destiny – before finding commercial success with the family-friendly Dolphin Tale. The surprise success of Dolphin Tale, the film grossed more than 70 million domestically, has not only spawned a sequel opening this weekend but also helped to establish an aquarium (The Clearwater Marine Aquarium) that houses Winter and Hope, the titular aquatic stars of both Dolphin Tale films. In the following interview with Charles Martin Smith, the writer/director discusses the darker adult themes of Dolphin Tale 2, the writing process behind the sequel and his approach to working with child-actors. In addition, Smith »
- Tommy Cook
The entire cast of Dolphin Tale is back for the sequel to continue the inspiring story of Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to that prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world. Kids who haven’t been exposed to too many cinematic clichés may be satisfied with more heart-tugging mix of family drama and playful dolphin-human bonding, but any adult watching Dolphin Tale 2 should be able to predict the bland story’s events before the tide ever changes. As with most unnecessary sequels, Dolphin Tale 2 takes a similar plot and spreads it thin. It’s been three years since young Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter, the unfortunate dolphin with the mangled tail. With the help of a unique prosthetic they were able to save her life. »
- Tom Stockman
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