The box office got some newcomers that debuted with modest numbers with Idris Elba on top. Elba’s newest film, No Good Deed earned $24.5 million while the Morgan Freeman sequel, Dolphin Tale 2 settled for 2nd. After two weeks of bad box office, the domestic box office finally got some good news in the form of the top 3. Not only did Deed and Dolphin earned solid debuts, the hit of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy earned $8.04 million which pushed the Marvel flick past the $300 million mark. Also positive news for Fox Searchlight came in the form of James Gandolfini’s last film The Drop as the gangster film earned $4.2 million with $5,192 theater average in 801 theatres, good enough for the 2nd best average in the top 5. Overall, it was pretty good weekend for the domestic box office.
The newcomers of the weekend were expected to be the number 1 and 2 films, but most projected Dolphin Tale 2 to top, since it was a family film. Instead, the thriller remake, No Good Deed was on top with a pretty good debut. The film was headlined by Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson had a similar opening to another Elba thriller, Obsessed which earned $28.6 million in 2009. Similar to Obsessed, the film was ripped apart by critics as Deed currently stands at 12% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film will likely earn around $60 million similar to Obsessed ‘s final total.
The other newcomer, Dolphin Tale 2 earned a decent opening with a $16.5 million. The family sequel was a bit below the opening of the original which earned $19.1 million. The dolphin movie finally gave family audiences something to see as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has dominated the family market since opening in August. The sequel also earned good reviews as it currently stands at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A on CinemaScore. The sea flick will play well for the rest of the month and could earn $60 million at the end of its run.
The other major story of the weekend was the domestic box office’s first 2014 $300 million film. That movie? What would you expect other than the space gang in the Guardians of the Galaxy as Marvel’s crew made history. The film not only became the first Marvel Studio film to earn the number 1 spot in 5 weekend but the Groot flick earned $8.04 million which puts the film over the $300 million mark. The film has earned a total of $305.9 million which surpasses the final numbers of the more notable superhero flick Man of Steel and is ahead of Marvel’s own Iron Man at the same point.
One of the more smaller films released this weekend came in the form of The Drop, a gangster film featuring the late James Gandolfini and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. The crime drama earned $4.2 million which was good enough for 6th place but the film earned a theater average of $5,192, the 2nd best of the top 10 films. The film debuted to 801 theaters and will be expanded to 1000 theaters next weekend. The film has plenty of Oscar Buzz and the film should create interest based on the involvement of Gandolfini who tragically passed away a year ago.
Next weekend will see the debuts of a YA film, The Maze Runner, a star-studded comedy in the form of This is Where I Leave You, and Liam Neeson doing Liam Neeson things in A Walk Among the Tombstone. More than likely expect the YA film to top the box office with Liam Neeson and Jason Bateman & co to duke it out for the number 2 spot. I’ll just be over here waiting for Denzel’s next film, The Equalizer.
Images and Numbers via Box Office Mojo
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||No Good Deed (2014)||SGem||$24,500,000||-||2,175||-||$11,264||$24,500,000||$13.2||1|
|2||N||Dolphin Tale 2||WB||$16,550,000||-||3,656||-||$4,527||$16,550,000||$36||1|
|3||1||Guardians of the Galaxy||BV||$8,041,000||-22.4%||3,104||-117||$2,591||$305,926,000||$170||7|
|4||2||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)||Par.||$4,800,000||-26.2%||2,957||-316||$1,623||$181,041,000||$125||6|
|5||3||Let’s Be Cops||Fox||$4,300,000||-22.8%||2,755||-177||$1,561||$72,972,000||$17||5|
|7||4||If I Stay||WB||$4,050,000||-27.1%||3,040||-117||$1,332||$44,937,000||$11||4|
|8||5||The November Man||Rela.||$2,750,000||-36.2%||2,702||-74||$1,018||$22,495,000||-||3|
|10||9||The Hundred-Foot Journey||BV||$2,461,000||-21.8%||1,943||-224||$1,267||$49,409,000||$22||6|