Even with “Dolphin Tale 2” and “No Good Deed” battling it out for first place, this should be another slow weekend at the domestic box office.
Playing at 2,175 theaters, “No Good Deed” has the best shot at taking first place this weekend. Directed by Sam Miller, the home invasion thriller stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, two actors who have each developed a solid fan base in the past decade or so.
I first saw Taraji P. Henson in “Boston Legal” years ago. She was good, but her character vanished after less than a season. And I mean vanished, none of the other characters ever mentioned her again. But to be fair this happened several times on “Boston Legal.” She was nominated for an Oscar a few years back, but her best known role is probably as Jocelyn in the CBS series “Person of Interest.”
Idris Elba is a great actor (and a fanboy favorite) but I have a hard time seeing him as a bad guy. But as I said, he’s a great actor sho who knows.
Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t have a critic’s score yet, but so far 76 percent of audiences have liked the film. Look for “No Good Deed” to open at number one with $20 million, but don’t expect it to hold up well after that.
At 3,656 locations, “Dolphin Tale 2” arrives in theaters three years after “Dolphin Tale” became a surprise hit with audiences. After opening to a solid $19.2 million, the movie held up well and finished its domestic run with $72.3 million. Worldwide the film took in over $95 million, easily earning back its $37 million budget.
Warner Bros. is expecting Dolphin Tale 2 to open at around the same level as the original ($19 million). Yeah, good luck with that Warners. The way things are going at the box office this year, It would be surprising if “Dolphin Tale 2” matched the success of the first movie.
Maybe its just me, but “Dolphin Tale 2” looks like the same movie that came out three years ago. As far as I can tell the only difference is they added another dolphin. And at least the first movie had the benefit of 3D ticket sales, “Dolphin Tale 2” does not.
Despite Warner Bros. expectation, “Dolphin Tale 2” should open in second place with around $15 million.
And finally we have Fox Searchlight crime drama “The Drop,” which is opening at 809 theaters this weekend. The movie has received solid reviews thus far, and as of Friday morning, it had a 79 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s trump card may be its cast which features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, an James Gandolfini.
But advertising for the movie has been light, so many average movie goers probably have no idea what “The Drop” is about or even who is in it. With that in mind, I don’t expect this movie to break into the top five this weekend.