A heartfelt tale about a dolphin and the humans who cared for it proved no match for Idris Elba at the box office Friday—even if he’s playing a psychotic escaped con out to terrorize Taraji P. Henson. Of course, No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 aren’t even remotely in competition for the same audience. But in the box office world, for once, adults seem to be forking out more money for their own viewing pleasure.
No Good Deed is on track to beat expectations by at least $7 million. The tense, PG-13 rated thriller from sometimes Luther director Sam Miller took in an estimated $8.8 million Friday from 2,175 locations. It could net out in the $24-$25 million range once the weekend closes out, which would be a terrific result for a pic that cost a reported $13 million to produce. Audiences gave the film a B+ Cinema Score, which isn’t terribly promising for its word-of-mouth potential. Critics have been less kind—the pic currently has a 10 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, audience thirst for a fun thriller is evident.