Friday Box Office: IF I STAY on Top with $6.8 Million; SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Tanks with Paltry $2.6 Million

     August 23, 2014


The Young Adult trend continues at the box office this weekend as the Chloe Grace Moretz-fronted adaptation If I Stay topped all contenders on Friday with a solid $6.8 million.  That’s a far cry from the $26 million that The Fault in Our Stars took in on opening day earlier this year, but still a respectable pull for the $11 million drama.  Reviews weren’t as ecstatic as that previous YA film, but fans of both Moretz and author Gayle Forman’s source material look to have turned out for the film, which is on track for a weekend total around $16.5 million.  That might not be enough for the number one spot though, as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has its eye on reclaiming the title with a Friday take of $4.8 million, looking to pull in somewhere between $17.5 million to $17.7 million.  On the flipside, the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For absolutely bombed with a mere $2.6 million on Friday, putting it on track for an opening weekend just under $7 million.

More Friday Box Office details and the full Top 5 chart after the jump.

sin-city-a-dame-to-kill-for-mickey-rourke-jessica-albaThe original Sin City was a box office hit, taking in $29 million and the top spot during its opening weekend in 2005 despite its heavily stylized aesthetic.  Demand was high for a follow-up, but A Dame to Kill For appears to be a case of too little too late as reviews are tepid and the audience simply isn’t there.  After having its release date delayed nearly a full year, the follow-up—co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller—should come in at number six overall this weekend.  Oof.

This weekend’s other new wide release is the faith-based sports drama When the Game Stands Tall, which pulled in $3 million on Friday and is on track for an opening weekend around or below $10 million.  Films in the faith-based genre normally have strong legs, so the $15 million pic is expected to do well in the weeks to come.

Check out Friday’s Top 5 below and check back on Sunday for a full weekend box office rundown.

Title Friday Total
1 If I Stay $6,825,000 $6,825,000
2 Guardians of the Galaxy $4,831,000 $239,085,000
3 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4,535,000 $133,345,000
4 Let’s Be Cops $3,225,000 $37,471,000
5 When the Game Stands Tall $3,000,000 $3,000,000


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