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"Sin City" Sequel Underwhelms At Box-Office

By Garth Franklin Sunday August 24th 2014 11:48AM

SUNDAY AM: Full weekend estimates fell fairly close in line with yesterday. "Guardians of the Galaxy" retained the top spot with $17.6 million, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" saw a surge on Saturday to take second with $16.8 million and young adult starred "If I Stay" came in at $16.4 million.

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" fared worse than expected, opening in eighth place with $6.48 million. "The Expendables 3" drop-off wasn't as bad as estimated either and will hover at around 58% with a $6.6 million and seventh place second weekend haul.

In limited release, the John Lithgow and Alfred Molina-led gay marriage drama "Love Is Strange" opened strong with a $25,301 screen average across five screens.

SATURDAY AM: The end of August is often a quiet one at the box-office, and that's no different this year as three newcomers opened to fairly low numbers.

The best performer is young adult adaptation "If I Stay" which took in $6.8 million on Friday night and appears to be headed for a second place opening of $16.5 million. Considering the film has an $11 million budget, that's an excellent start even if it's nowhere close to the juggernaut of other young adult works like "The Fault in Our Stars".

"Guardians of the Galaxy" will likely retain the top spot with Marvel's sci-fi film aiming for around $17.5 million for the three day weekend. The top three are going to be quite tight with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" coming in third with an estimate of around $16 million for the weekend.

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's sequel "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" has died on arrival. Critical reviews are harsh with a 44/100 on Metacritic, the audience voted CinemaScore isn't much better with a B-, and the entire three day box-office haul is looking to be just under $7 million which would put the film in sixth place.

Beating it in fact is the feel good football drama "When the Game Stands Tall" which took $2.9 million on Friday and will likely hover around $9 million for the weekend.

In repeat business, "The Expendables 3" is plummeting with the drop for its second weekend potentially at a whopping 64%. That's compared to last week's two other newcomers "Let's Be Cops" and "The Giver" which look to fall just 44% each in their sophomore weekends.

More details as they come tomorrow.

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