Tuesday, September 16, 2014

'No Good Deed' leads with $24.2 million, 'Dolphin Tale 2' solid in second, 'The Drop' surprises at weekend box office

The fall box office is finally kicking off after a two week lag where Guardians of the Galaxy led, but it still was a pretty tepid weekend. No Good Deed led the box office with $24.2 million, which is pretty solid for the film that only cost $13.2 million. The Idris Elba-starred thriller received a "B+" Cinemascore. Not bad considering the film was lambasted by critics across the board. The thriller will probably end up having decent legs, but there is a ton of competition this weekend.

Dolphin Tale 2 took second place this weekend and opened with $15.8 million. The $36 million family drama finished with less than its predecessor this weekend, but still had a solid result in its own right. The film received an "A" Cinemascore, and with next to competition for the rest of the month, Dolphin Tale 2 should probably finish with around $50 million. I have no interest in the movie whatsoever, but there's an audience for it somewhere.

Guardians of the Galaxy finished in third place with $8.1 million. The massive Marvel mega-hit has now grossed $305.9 million, which is absolutely stunning. Marvel truly hit it out of the park. I know I've said it before, but I will keep on saying it. The film has also grossed $612 million worldwide. All in all, this is a tremendous success for the studio. In fourth place was Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which took in $4.8 million. The surprise hit has now made $181 million.

The sleeper hit comedy Let's Be Cops ended up in fifth place this weekend with $4.3 million. The film has now grossed $73 million. One of the big success stories of the weekend was Fox Searchlight's The Drop, which grossed $4.1 million in sixth place. The dark crime drama opened in only 809 theaters, but still managed to have a strong opening thanks to the star power of Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini. I'm hoping to see this one soon so look for a review in the near future.

Seventh place belonged to If I Stay, which managed to pull in another $3.9 million. The film has now grossed $44.8 million on an $11 million budget. Not too shabby. The November Man took eighth place this weekend and added $2.8 million to its total. The spy thriller has now made $22.5 million.

In ninth place, The Giver added $2.5 million. The YA adaptation has now taken in $41.2 million on a $25 million budget which is pretty impressive. And finally, The Hundred-foot Journey rounded out the top ten and took in $2.4 million this weekend. The light drama has now made an impressive $49.3 million.

Next weekend sees the release of The Maze Runner, A Walk Among the Tombstones, This is Where I Leave You and Kevin Smith's Tusk. Here are my predictions:

1. The Maze Runner- $35 million
2. A Walk Among The Tombstones- $18.5 million
3. This is Where I Leave You- $14 million
4. No Good Deed- $10.1 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2- $8.7 million
6. Guardians of the Galaxy- $5.3 million
7. The Drop- $5 million
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- $4.2 million
9. Tusk- $2.2 million
10. Let's Be Cops- $2 million

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