Boy, everyone’s predictions sure were wrong this week.
I suppose the good news is those stinking Turtles are no longer the number one movie. But I don’t think anyone saw Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” taking back the number one spot after four weeks in theatres. You rarely see that these days.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” dipped 30 percent to $17.6 million, but it was more than enough to take the top spot this weekend. In the process, Guardians passed “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to become the highest-grossing movie of the Summer domestically. Yay!
“Guardians of the Galaxy” has now earned over $251 million, and this week it should pass fellow Marvel movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($259.8 million). Looks like Guardians should have no trouble ending its domestic run with over $300 million.
Playing at 2,907 locations, “If I Stay” took third place with $16.4 million. That’s well below most expectations which had the drama opening in first place. But $16.4 million is still a step up from the debuts of films like “Charlie St. Cloud” ($12.4 million), last weekend’s “The Giver” ($12.3 million), and last year’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” ($9.3 million).
As you’d expect, the audience for “If I Stay” skewed younger (61 percent under 25) and female (77 percent). “If I Stay” did receive a solid “A-” CinemaScore, but this type of movie rarely has legs. Don’t be surprised to see a huge drop next weekend.
High school football drama “When the Game Stands Tall” rounded out the Top Five with an estimated $9 million. That’s a bit lower than other 2014 sports movies “Million Dollar Arm” and “Draft Day,” but at least it received an “A-” CinemaScore.
Then we have the biggest bomb of the week…
Looks like the nine-year gap between films too its toll on “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” which opened in eighth place with just $6.48 million. Yes, you read that right: Eight freakin place. That’s down a whopping 78 percent from the original Sin City’s debut.
“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” becomes one of the biggest flops of the summer, if not the year. So what happened? Mixed reviews and weak word-of-mouth undercut the movie, not to mention the “B-” CinemaScore the film earned. But the main reason might have been how far comic book movies have come since the first “Sin City” in 2005. It could be the film’s target audience felt its been there, seen that before.
Whatever the reason is, I still want to see “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” in theatres. I just hope it’s still there this coming weekend.
Your top five flicks this weekend:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $17.63 million ($251.88 million total domestic gross)
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $16.8 million ($145.61 million total domestic gross)
3. If I Stay – $16.36 million
4. Let’s Be Cops – $11.0 million ($42.5 million total domestic gross)
5. When The Game Stands Tall– $9.0 million