Weekend box office: Sin City bombs, Guardians returns to #1
In what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, the sequel that’s about eight years too late crashed and bombed at the weekend box office. FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR won’t really come that close to hitting $10 million. To put it in perspective, the original SIN CITY opened with $29 million back in 2005. There’s obviously an appetite for sequels, but there’s also a small window to get them made. Nine years between films is too long for a movie like SIN CITY. I’m guessing the film’s poor opening numbers will stop all talk of a third film. The sequel couldn’t even beat the other new films of the weekend, including the sappy IF I STAY and the inspirational football drama, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, which will finish in third and fourth place respectively. But perhaps the best part of the weekend is that Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY reclaimed the top spot, beating out all of the new films as well as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.
Next week proves that we are truly into the box office dark period. Highlighting the new moves next week is Pierce Brosnan returning to action in THE NOVEMBER MAN. The studio seems really confident in the film as they’ve already greenlighted a sequel, but they’re way more optimistic than I am. I don’t see it cracking the top five next weekend and I’d be surprised if the top five changes much at all. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy $17.4m
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16m
3. If I Stay $16.5m
4. Let’s Be Cops $9.8m
5. When the Game Stands Tall $9.5m
6. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For $6.6m
7. The Giver $6m
8. The Expendables 3 $5.8m
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.7m
10. Into the Storm $4m