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No Good Deed box office“No Good Deed” topped the box office this weekend and helped reinvigorate a floundering domestic movie business.

The Sony/Screen Gems thriller took in $24.5 million from 2, 175 theaters, easily beating expectations. Going into the weekend, analysts expected the home invasion thriller to hover around $20 million. Females made up the bulk of the audience, taking up 60% of the seats in theaters, and 41% of ticket-buyers were under 30 years old.

“It’s not a full reversal of the weakness at the box office, but it’s a step in the right direction, ” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at “It’s good to see new films enter the marketplace and do all right.”

“No Good Deed’s” success is a feather in the cap of stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, both of whom actively hawked the film on social media.

“They absolutely elevated it, ” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide distribution. “They’re so hard working. It was a great collaboration.”

It also helps that “No Good Deed” cost a mere $13 million to produce.

“It’s going to be hugely successful for the studio, ” said Bruer.

Although pitched at a different demographic, “No Good Deed’s” box office muscle may have suppressed business for the weekend’s other wide release, “Dolphin Tale 2.” The Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment sequel put up $16.5 million across 3, 656 theaters. The picture cost a modest $36 million to produce, making it a low-risk venture for its backers. However, box office prognosticators had expected the film to do $20 million of business.

“Dolphin Tale 2” could not match the $19.2 million debut of its 2011 predecessor. That film went on to make $72.3 million domestically. Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson return, with Charles Martin Smith back at the helm.

Warner Bros. domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman noted that the first “Dolphin Tale” was in 3D, which helped goose admission prices. This film was not released in the format. The next live action family film doesn’t hit theaters until Oct. 10 with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, ” so Warner Bros. hopes to take advantage of the lack of competition in the coming weeks.

“We’re going to have good legs on this movie, ” said Fellman. “The last movie had good legs too.”

“We have some nice running room and the picture is playing extremely well in small towns and midsize markets, ” he added.

Females made up 63% of the film’s opening audience, with 44% of the initial audience clocking in under the age of 25.

“The Drop, ” a Fox Searchlight thriller starring Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, managed to muscle its way into sixth place despite debuting on a limited number of screens.

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