With the slowest weekend at the box office in six years behind us, two newcomers may have what it takes to re-energize ticket sales. “No Good Deed” aims to satisfy thrill seekers while “Dolphin Tale 2” welcomes families for a heartfelt story. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is expected to continue its triumphant run and surpass $300 million domestically by the end of the weekend.
In an attempt to protect the “major plot twist” in “No Good Deed,” Screen Gems canceled advance screening of the thriller scheduled for Wednesday night, ruining the opportunity for critics to tear the film apart. Without a general consensus of an opinion, moviegoers are left to base their decision to open their wallets for the production on the trailer.
Idris Elba appears to offer a compelling performance of a malignant narcissist who kills two guards during his escape in the middle of a prison transfer. After crashing a (presumably stolen) vehicle into a tree, the trailer shows Elba’s character Colin Evans walking up to a home where a wife is home alone with her two children. With her husband out of town, Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is left to fight the intruder to save her family.
Moviegoers looking for a more heart-warming tale will be drawn to the sequel “Dolphin Tale 2″ that reunites Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. Inspired by true events, the team at Clearwater Marine Aquarium who saved the beloved dolphin Winter must yet again race to keep the mammal in the wake of her surrogate mother’s passing. Armed with a lot of hope, the team searches for another female companion for Winter.
A handful of other films are also slated for a limited release this weekend including “The Drop” starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini. The crime-drama follows Hardy’s character Bob as he becomes entangled in a robbery involving dirty money circulated by his neighborhood’s friends and family. “The Skeleton Twins” follows estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) as they reunite in an attempt to mend their relationship.
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Then” joins fellow limited releases “Stlas Shrugges: Who is John Galt?,” “Bird People,” “Swearnet: The Movie,” “My Old Lady,” “The Green Prince,” “I am Eleven,” and “Honeymoon.”
Time will tell if “No Good Deed” and “Dolphin Tale 2” receive enough support to edge into the top five. Current title-holder, “Guardians of the Galaxy” pulled off a fourth-week win during the first week of September adding $10.4 million to its growing domestic totals of $294 million. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” currently holds second place with $6.5 million ahead of “Let’s Be Cops” at $5.6 million and “If I Stay” at $5.6 million. “The November Man” is expected to fall from its fifth place standing after earning a mere $4.3 million.