Box Office: It’s “Guardians,” “Turtles” then “If I Stay” in a tight race, “Sin City” sinks

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” came nine years too late to cash in on the heat of “Sin City,” was basically the same movie and thus, managed only half of the low end of predictions for what it was supposed to do at the box office. Not even $7 million. A $70 million movie that will turn out to be one of the biggest busts of the summer, if not the year. Ouch.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” has been making more money during the week than the more recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” only to surrender that advantage to the newer, inferior comic book effects blockbuster on the weekends. Kids, you know. This weekend, it moved back on top, over $17 million.

“Turtles” did nearly $17, and the teen weeper “If I Stay” opened just behind it, $300-400,000 difference.

“Sin City” opened behind the feeble faith-based football drama “When the Game Stands Tall,” which opened at its predicted $9 million mark, and could stick around, depending on how that audience props it up.

As with all of August, the box office take was higher this weekend than last year, eating deeply into the summer season’s huge fall off in May, June and July.

“Boyhood” started to fade, as it loses theaters, it’ll hit $20, when all is said and done. “Magic in the Moonlight,” which never caught fire in the first place. Woody’s looking at his last hit in the distant rear view mirror. “Magic” won’t even reach $10.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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