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After three quiet weeks in a row at number one, Guardians of the Galaxy finally began the usual descent down the charts, but not before crossing the $300 million mark. Already the number one movie of the year so far, that total makes it one of less than fifty movies to ever bank that much money in domestic sales.
No Good Deed took the number one spot with $24 million. That's not a notable opening weekend for a PG-13 thriller, but it's a financial success for a movie made on a $14 million budget. Dolphin Tale 2 landed second place with a $16 million debut, down some from the first Dolphin Tale which banked $19 million when it arrived three years ago.
James Gandolfini's final feature film The Drop got a quiet start, opening in just over 809 venues. It took in $4 million and sixth place overall, but its $5,000+ per screen total was the second highest out of the top ten.
There's a touch of irony to the notion that a movie based on a book that touts the evils of socialism would fail so miserably in the bastion of capitalism that is the domestic North American box office. Still, that's what has happened to the Atlas Shrugged saga. Despite the fact that the first two movies lost millions of dollars, a third part was released. It looks to be another financial black hole, earning around $300,000 in almost 250 venues on its opening weekend. On the other hand, it shouldn't come as a surprise that a movie based on a book that touts the importance of intelligent individualistic thinking wouldn't do well in a marketplace that embraces and rewards mind numbing, unoriginal sequel whoring. The cautionary tale would have done better left in book form.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below: