Is there anyone out there that could have possibly predicted the massive, and I mean massive flop, that was Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Tracking for something around $20 million with reader predictions on this site averaging $19.2 million (the lowest being $10 million [see below]), the nine-years-later sequel finished it’s opening weekend with a miserable $6.47 million. Yes, you read that correctly, only 32% of its tracking number and along with that a “B-” CinemaScore, which could put this one out of the top ten after only one weekend. No word on the actual budget, but word is it’s around $65 million… best of luck and don’t go expecting Sin City 3.
Taking third with a bit of an overperformance based on its $14 million tracking is the Chloe Grace Moretz-led If I Stay, opening with $16.3 million along with an “A-” CinemaScore. With only an $11 million budget this is a nice little win for WB even though the trailers were so bad I wouldn’t have ever gone near this one… no way.
In more news at the top of the box office, it was Guardians of the Galaxy back at the top of the box office taking in $17.6 million bringing its domestic cume to $251.8 million, enough to make it the highest grossing domestic release of the summer and soon to top Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259.7m) with the highest total for the year. Though Transformers: Age of Extinction and its $1.05+ billion worldwide total will maintain global box office supremacy.
The other new wide release this weekend was Sony’s When the Game Stands Tall, of which very little was expected and that’s pretty much what it accomplished earning an estimated $9 million this weekend on a $15 million budget.
Putting an even greater sting in that Sin City number is the fact last week’s flop, The Expendables 3, while dropping 58% still managed to beat it with an estimated $6.6 million.
Next weekend sees the release of As Above, So Below and The November Man going wide with limited releases of Life of Crime and The Congress (my review). I’m not expecting much from any of these, which means next weekend we’ll probably be talking about all the same titles over again. What fun eh?