Weekend Box Office: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is DOA with Just $6.4 Million as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reclaims Box Office Throne

     August 24, 2014


Hoo-boy, people did not want to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The box office prospects for the follow-up were already looking pretty dim following dismal reviews and lack of general interest, but few would have guessed that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s stylized sequel would only make $6.4 million for the entire weekend—for the entire weekend!  That’s down 78% from the first film’s opening weekend, and puts the film at No. 8 on the box office chart, as Marvel Studios’ highly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the top spot for the first time since its opening weekend.  The film was usurped by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its second weekend, but pulled in an impressive $17.6 million over the last three days for a domestic total of $251.9 million.  Guardians is now on track to best Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest grossing film of the year, stateside.

Hit the jump for the full Top 10 and analysis.

if-i-stay-chloe-moretz-jamie-blackley-5The YA adaptation If I Stay had a strong first day, but suffered a pretty steep drop on Friday and Saturday.  Nevertheless, the Chloe Grace Moretz-fronted drama debuted with a respectable $16.3 million over the weekend, settling into the No. 3 spot.  The weekend’s other new release, the faith-based football drama When the Game Stands Tall, earned a solid $9 million over the weekend and placed fifth overall.

Hurt by piracy and overall franchise fatigue, The Expendables 3 fell 58% in its second weekend to $6.6 million, bringing its domestic total to just $27.5 million.  The Giver also suffered in weekend two, dropping 45% to $6.7 million and a total of $24.1 million.

But Guardians of the Galaxy is back on top after two weekends in second place, earning a very solid $17.6 million and bringing its worldwide total to $489.4 million.  The pic has great legs and has enjoyed plenty of repeat business since it opened earlier this month.

Check out the full Top 10 below.

Title Weekend Total
1 Guardians of the Galaxy $17,631,000 $251,884,000
2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16,800,000 $145,610,000
3 If I Stay $16,355,000 $16,355,000
4 Let’s Be Cops $11,000,000 $45,246,000
5 When the Game Stands Tall $9,000,000 $9,000,000
6 The Giver $6,730,000 $24,101,000
7 The Expendables 3 $6,600,000 $27,519,000
8 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6,477,000 $6,477,000
9 The Hundred-Foot Journey $5,562,000 $32,750,000
10 Into the Storm $3,800,000 $38,301,000


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Reclaims Box Office Throne

  • scottishpunk

    Glory be, o happy day! GOTG finally got that second No. 1 weekend it deserved…and impressively, three weekends after it debuted. That is AWESOME.
    Feel awful about SIN CITY 2, though.

    • Stergios

      Couldn’t agree more with every word you said man.

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    • Andrew Sanders

      Well deserved. I haven’t enjoyed a movie this much since The Avengers.
      Great to see GOTG back on top!

    • Armond White is my master now

      With a little luck, the failure of Sin City 2 will mean that the overrated hack called Robert ‘The Dumb With The Hat’ Rodriguez stop making movies. I keep my fingers crossed!

      • Fallen

        I can’t believe how most in the U.S. don’t like Rodriguez’s movies now. After the first Sin City everyone was talking about him like he was the next Francis Ford Coppola of cinema.

        He lost credibility when he made one campy film after another from Sharkboy to Machete Kills. He gave Batman and Robin a run for it’s money. I know he loves b-movies but he’s supposed to make a quality version of B-Movies, like the Indiana Jones Trilogy. Instead he went right for cheese.

        Most directors stick to movies that everyone loves, like James Cameron with Avatar. If he had not wasted his time with those other Saturday Morning Cartoon flicks and done Sin City 2 afterwards then it would have made three times what the first made.

      • Lex

        I personally thought the first Sin City was completely overrated. It felt like Tarantino lite (yes, I’m aware of his involvement in it). I was impressed they pulled off the look and the style but that was it.

        BUT I do respect Rodriguez’s love for film. He seems genuinely enthusiastic. Doesn’t mean I’ll watch his movies. But I respect the intent more than with Cameron’s blue Pocahontas, which I also saw as completely overrated.

        We just need more movies like GOTG.

      • MJ

        The first Sin City has a uniqueness and groundbreaking aspect about it which covered up for the silly story and bad writing.

        This time around though, we have all seen the look before, so what we are left with is a bad episode of Sons of Anarchy with nudity thrown in. A trailer-park trash classic…LOL

      • MJ

        Here we go again….the Sin City diehards blaming other movies with all of the same lame excuses again.


  • The Pop Pessimist

    Lets Be Cops keeps its #4 spot! SO Awesome! Good word of mouth finally beats a rotten tomatoes score.

    • dhfbbr

      It actually has really bad word of mouth, especially if you look at the cinemascore audiences have been giving.

      • Bob

        Actually it’s cinemascore is B which is not so bad. For a B cinemascore word of mouth has to be pretty decent. The Pop Pessimist is correct.

      • The Pop Pessimist

        It has a B overall on Cinemascore so…

    • Alex

      It is really bad though. It’s lucky it’s the only comedy out right now to manage the money it is. Guardians is funnier in any given ten minutes than Cops is in its entirety.

      Saw it about a month ago and it’s the perfect example of talented actors stuck in a completely inert and hacky movie. There’s SOME funny in the middle (especially once Riggle, Key and Leggero get involved), but they all seem like improvised moments because they’re so unlike the stuff the script offers. The rest is just cringey, kinda racist, cartoonish, stale and dated (with bonus twerking and fat naked guy jokes!) with the final third taking a dramatic left turn without almost any jokes let alone laughs.

      If anyone wants to see decent comedies with either lead, save your money by watching New Girl or Happy Endings on Netflix.

      • The Pop Pessimist

        Happy Endings is on Netflix?!?!?! :)

  • eternalozzie

    I didn’t even know Sin City 2 came out this weekend … and now that I know I am not sure I care … I thought about seeing The Giver because I like the actor Cameron Monaghan that’s in it but the movie itself feels uninteresting.

  • diazfan209

    holy cow, only 6 mil?! what’s it going to gross, 15?

    • Diaz

      Nice to see a fan of mine! Thank you good sir ;) lol

  • Manuel Orozco

    TMNT and Guardians are on a roll. Two movies that brought the summer to a sensational closing.

  • Stergios

    Alright, “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” is far from the masterpiece that the first film was, but however flawed it may be, it’s still a really good pulpy noir and definitely a worthy sequel to the (far superior) original. Let’s be honest, it deserved much better at the box office. The fact that films like like “Transformers: Age Of Extinction”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Think Like A Man Too” are box-office hits is really disheartening to say the least.

    • leroy

      I wouldn’t call it good pulpy noir…it was wannabe noir. They took what the did really well in the first one and said let’s not do any of that and let’s use three really uninteresting stories…The stories didn’t flow like the first one, they felt disjointed. It felt like an amateur film. Some good performances (JGL was solid and so was Eva Green). I think Rodriguez let Miller have more say in the direction and that hurt the overall film.

      • Stergios

        It felt far from the amateur film to me, man. I totally respect your opinion though and as I said, it didn’t didn’t come close to how great the first film was. It still wasn’t that far behind to me though. And I really think it’s sad that this massive box-office flop goes to show once again that dark, daring, provocative filmmaking doesn’t click with a mass audience easily. It really hurts, but it’s the truth.

      • leroy

        All opinions respected, but that’s the thing, there was nothing daring or provocative about it. It would’ve been great if there was, but it was all “been there, done that” stuff. The first Sin City gave us stuff we hadn’t seen before. Showing a lot of tits, violence, and blood doesn’t make it provocative when the themes of the story are so rote. The characters, especially the supporting ones, were one-note cardboard cutouts. There was barely any life injected into the characters except for the exceptions I noted above. I hate to say it, but I think the reason it took so long for the sequel to be made was because Rodriguez didn’t have the same passion as he did with the first one and that lack of passion showed up on the screen. What Rodriguez does best is make B-movies. This is a B-movie noir.

        Not sure why it hurts you though, unless you invested in the film haha. There are much better dark, daring, and provocative films out there that are more deserving of your love. I just watched Locke with Tom Hardy, which was fantastic. That was a daring film. Check it out.

      • Stergios

        You’ve clearly misunderstood the “it hurts” segment of my previous comment, you can check it out again if you want. What I was saying was not that it hurts for a cinephile to watch trash films like the ones I’ve mentioned above (“Ninja Turtles”, the last “Transformers”, etc.) making millions of dollars and something different, edgy, dark and daring like “Sin City: A dame to kill for” be such a box-office flop. I’ve actually seen “Locke” with Tom Hardy and loved it. Yes, man, that’s definitely a daring, provocative and thought-provoking film. Great recommendation for everyone seeking an inventive and daring film to watch. Personally, I think that the last “Sin City” is far inferior to its predecessor but worthy to be put among dark, daring and provocative film work. It looks, feels and sounds like a deliciously wicked blend of Raymond Chandler’s cheap crime stories and an aesthetic that brings Miller’s own stories to life on the big screen. It follows the path of the original, but it certainly has its problems (especially with pacing). Kudos to your taste in movies, judging from “Locke”, anyway. Tremendous film. I wish work of this artistic level, like “Locke”, “Under the skin” and “Enemy” could connect with a bigger audience.

      • Stergios

        Sorry, I meant to write “What I was saying was that it hurts for a cinephile to watch trash
        films like the ones I’ve mentioned above (“Ninja Turtles”, the last
        “Transformers”, etc.) making millions of dollars and something
        different, edgy, dark and daring like “Sin City: A dame to kill for” be
        such a box-office flop.” Anyway, goodbye adult-themed films of box office prospects, the next Transformers or Tyler Perry film waits to be a hit. Such a sad world indeed.

      • MJ

        Your film sucked — the word of mouth has been horrid, the reviews universally bad, and all the user ratings on the internet agree that it was a piss-poor film.

        Your film stunk and people ran from it. Deal with it, and stop blaming other films. Wah! Wah! Wah!

      • Stergios

        My film??? WTF? You’re just pathetic. There’s not about blaming other films, it’s about people who keep on praising PG-13 trash instead of something different and adult-themed. Admiring a film mythology doesn’t mean I created it or have any involment in the film. Childlike and totally immature responses like yours are pathetic to say the least. It’s not me to blame if you don’t know shit about cinema.

      • Eskay

        Actually, I agree with him. You did sound like you where whining about other movies while “conveniently” ignoring the crap-fest that is Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

      • MJ


        Yea, and now he is whining about me and calling me immature. He’s the one whose holding up this silly and bad Sin City 2 movie like it some supposed great film for adults. That’s just wack. It’s a movie that probably only disaffected 20 something people would like…that kind of counter culture people who blame other movies for their piss-poor bomb of a movie doing bad at the box office.

        Watch, he will whine again in his next post…just watch. It’s always someone else’s fault.

      • Stergios

        Whining and having an opinion to express showing arguments and knowledge are two completely different things. Your immaturity is even more evident than your lack of knowledge in regards to the art of cinema. You have your opinion, I have mine, what’s the big fuss? Jesus Christ, art is supposed to broaden our critical understanding of the world and being able to make a debate. Some people need to get this and relax. I have no problem at all with you for thinking that the second “Sin City” is silly or crap or whatever else. Ok, that’s your opinion, so what? Totally respected. As I’ve already said so many times, I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece or even great either (you claim that I do, so go figure). I said over and over again that I think of it as a good film in its genre and a product of a filmmaker who can produce something different and adult-themed if he wants. For any cinephile, it’s far better than the movies I’ve mentioned that have been such big box-office hits (since Collider’s post is about it being such a box-office bomb). On an artistic level, “Sin City: A dame to kill for” is nothing spectacular, for me though it’s still something noteworthy and in fact much more noteworthy than something like much of the big box-office hits of the moment. I don’t hate those movies that I mentioned, I HATE the fact that those movies connect with such a big audience despite being total CRAP and trust me, you’re not going to find anyone who knows about cinema and tell you different. That’s all, what’s so difficult to understand? I leave all the whining and pointless comments for people like you who clearly doesn’t know what’s the meaning of “knowledge” and “opinion”.

      • MJ

        Thanks for the term paper….WHINER !

    • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

      Yeah, the problem usually is that people who think they know what a good pulpy noir looks like thinks SC:ADTKF looks like a good pulpy noir. It’s pulp, and it’s photographed in an homage to noir … but that’s about it.

      • MJ

        You have absolutely no fucking clue what you are talking about.

      • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

        Good to know.

  • TotesMcGotes

    Oh man. I really want to see A Dame to Kill for,but with that terrible BO it’s pretty unlikely it will open where I live. I only watched the original for the first time three years ago and I love it, so I was actually really excited for the sequel. It’s Rodriguez’s fault,why the hell the guy made a freaking Machete sequel before Sin City’s?

    • Los Pollos Hermanos

      Robert Rodriguez is the Diet Coke of moviemaking.


  • SorryNotSorry

    See, if Sin City 2 had come out, say, five years ago, I would have been all over it. Took way too long, and the goodwill I had toward the first one has waned.

    • MJ

      Yea, because like none of us go to see repeats of franchises every decade now, do we? LOL

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    There wasnt enough virgin in America willing to see Eva green naked to make sin city 2 a hit

    • Redjester

      Watch THE DREAMERS…

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    Well, I was of a week, but I knew GOTG would jumped back into first place. Congrats to Gunn, cast and crew.

    • Cpt Rex Kramer

      Actually, I should have said off, not of. Apologies.

  • Sense

    Too bad about Sin City, I just came back from watching it and thought it was amazing, almost as good as the first one. Cast was perfect and Eva Green is a generous generous actress

  • doc

    The Expendables 3 was not hurt by piracy. It just wasn’t very good.

    • Mezmero

      To tell you the truth I watch the download because it was basically cristal clear. Only problem it was kind of boring without the R rating and I smoke bud watch movies like that it still was boring. The Fast And The Furious Movies are way better for them being PG-13.

  • Luis

    The Expendables 3 is movie of the year, hands down.

  • Steven

    Well at least ‘Sin City 2′ did better than ‘The Spirit’ on opening day. :/

  • appolox

    I guess this means no Sin City 3 :(

    • Max Rockatansky

      There might be hope. Get rid of Frank Miller and Jessica Alba must strip naked.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Neither of those will happen.

  • Max Rockatansky

    That’s for not showing your titties Alba. No one go to watch a fully clothed stripper.

  • Alessio Pasquali

    Hopefully, when the actuals come in tomorrow and if people continue to see this movie today, Guardians of the Galaxy will have grossed $18M in its fourth weekend, which would be an extra $370,000 and enough to get on par with Iron Man’s 4th weekend. So, I’m not gonna say anything to get people to do it. I’m just gonna hope people will do it without me posting.

  • Drake

    I re-watched Guardians of the Galaxy, with a friend who hadn’t seen it, this past Tuesday. It was 1 in the afternoon … on a Tuesday, bear in mind, and the theater was nearly full…

  • Stefan Bonomo

    That suckssssss………I was really rooting for Sin City as a big fan of the films. Now I’m disapointed we might not get any more of the series. Although I’m probably the only one who wants to see more Sin City.

  • T_Toughnuts

    Woah…what happened?

  • Joey Robinson

    That’s really too bad about Sin City. I loved the books and first film and want to see the sequel. I’m on geek and movie sites daily but for some reason I did not remember this even opened this weekend. This was our last weekend before school starts– I guess I was just too busy. Maybe others were too…

  • MJ

    LOL – Sin City 2

    Epic Fail. Worst bomb in decades.