Abysmal reviews did not damage the commercial appeal of new release “No Good Deed,” which cruised to a victory at the weekend box office.
The critically panned Idris Elba-Tarji P. Henson vehicle earned $24.5 million in its first three days of release. Playing on a modest 2,175 screens, “Deed” earned a dominant $11,264 per screen.
Fellow new release “Dolphin Tale 2,” which received considerably stronger critical marks, claimed second place with $16.6 million. The take was down from the $19.2 million earned by the first film in its September 2011 debut.
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” last week’s winner, landed in third place with $8.0 million in receipts. Not enough for a weekend victory, the total was nonetheless enough to push the total “Guardians” over the $300 million mark. Following this weekend, the cumulative “Guardians” gross now sits at $305.9 million.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Let’s Be Cops” claimed fourth and fifth with $4.8 million and $4.3 million, respectively.
New release “The Drop,” which launched at 809 screens, followed in sixth place. It earned $4.2 million.