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'No Good Deed' bucks summer doldrums

Published:Monday | September 15, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Terri (Taraji P. Henson) finds herself fighting for survival after her home is invaded in 'No Good Deed'.

LOS ANGELES (AP): It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinemas.

The Sony thriller No Good Deed, which stars Elba as an escaped convict and Taraji P. Henson as the innocent woman he terrorises, opened on top of the box office with US$24.5 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. And Sony wasn't surprised.

"It's a movie that we really loved and felt that it was going to win," said Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer. "You have to give it to the cast, in Idris and Taraji. Their chemistry together is fantastic."

The film nearly doubled its reported budget in its first week of release, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "It's the first brand-new post-summer release to really catch on," he said.

The Warner Bros' feel-good film Dolphin Tale 2 debuted in second place with US$16.5 million. The family-friendly story stars Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd reprising their roles from the 2011 original.

YEAR'S TOP-GROSSING FILM

Guardians slipped to third place with US$8 million in ticket sales. The Marvel space adventure, which held the top spot for four weeks, is the top-grossing film of the year domestically, collecting more than US$300 million in North America and US$600 million worldwide.

Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finished fourth with US$4.8 million, followed by the Fox comedy Let's Be Cops, which collected US$4.3 million.

Fox Searchlight's crime drama The Drop, which stars Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, opened in sixth place with US$4.2 million - an impressive showing, given it only played in 809 cinemas.

Following are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to Rentrak.

1. No Good Deed, US$24.5 million

2. Dolphin Tale 2, US$16.5 million

3. Guardians of the Galaxy, US$8 million

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, US$4.8 million

5. Let's Be Cops, US$4.3 million

6. The Drop, US$4.2 million

7. If I Stay, US$4 million.

8. The November Man, US$2.7 million

9. The Giver, US$2.6 million

10. The Hundred-Foot Journey, US$2.4 million