The new thriller No Good Deed starring Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and Leslie Bibb easily topped the Friday box office results and will go on to win the weekend in its debut. Dolphin Tale 2 will swim into second place though come up short of the original’s bow. The Drop played strong in limited release, while Marvel’s Guardians the Galaxy is poised to cross another milestone.
No Good Deed is exceeding expectations in raking in $8.8 million on Friday from only 2,175 locations. It should power to between $20 and $25 million through Sunday, well beyond the $13.2 million estimated production budget, and simultaneously bring an end to the four-week streak Guardians the Galaxy enjoyed at the top of the weekend box office results.
The Guardians will make their own noise this weekend and officially cross $300 million at the domestic box office on Saturday after adding $2.09 million on Friday. To put that achievement into perspective, the last film and only other this year to pull off the same feat was Disney’s Frozen. Since that is a 2013 release, Guardians the Galaxy continues to be the top grossing film of 2014 and shouldn’t be tested until Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 arrives this November with what is anticipated to be a $160-plus million opening weekend.
Second place belong to Warner’s Dolphin Tale 2 with $4.27 million, or about 15% lower than the original opened to. Dolphin Tale 2 should splash up about $15 million through Sunday, but could trend a little higher if families turn out in force for matinee showings on Saturday and Sunday.
A third newcomer this weekend, The Drop, landed in fourth place at $1.46 million. It did so at just over 800 locations and likely saw an attendance boost considering it is actor James Gandolfini’s final performance.
Stop back on Sunday when we deliver the complete weekend box office result estimates as delivered by the studios.