The penultimate weekend of summer ranged from lackluster to terrible for new offerings If I Stay and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, making way for Guardians of the Galaxy to reclaim the top spot at the North American box office as it became the top grossing film of the season.
Marvel Studios and Disney’s Guardians took in $17.6 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $251.9 million, eclipsing the $243.3 million grossed by Transformers: Age of Extinction. To boot, it should soon become the top grossing film of the year so far in North America when overtaking fellow Marvel title Captain America: The Winter Soldier($259.8 million). Globally, Guardians has now grossed $489 million.
Holdover Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles narrowly beat YA tearjerker If I Stay to take the No. 2 spot in its third weekend, grossing $16.8 million for a domestic total of $145.6 million. If I Stay followed with $16.4 million.
The YA film adaptation, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, was widely expected to win the weekend with an $18 million-plus debut. However, the movie quickly slowed on Friday.
From directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City 2 placed a dismal No. 8 with $6.4 million. The sequel opens nine years after the first film launched to more than $29 million (many are questioning whether the gap was too long).
The weekend’s third new offering, inspirational high school football drama When the Game Stands Tall, enjoyed solid business, grossing $9 million to come in No. 5. From Sony’s faith-based label Affirm, the movie was the only new title to see an uptick on Saturday, thanks to families.
If I Stay, earning an A- CinemaScore, was fueled by younger females, although they didn’t turn out in force like they did for The Fault in Our Stars, which opened to a rousing $48 million earlier this summer. Females made up 77 percent of ticket buyers for If I Stay, while 61 percent were under the age of 25.
The good news for New Line and MGM is that If I Stay only cost $11 million to make.