The summer box office has been down a record pace in recent years, and this weekend is a clear example of this. The newcomers of the weekend didn’t do much and the high-profiled sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For failed to make any sort of dent. The comic book sequel was a flat out Box Office Bomb this weekend as the Robert Rodriguez film earned a horrible $6 million opening on a $70-$80 million budget. This paved the way for Marvel to get the top spot back as Guardians of the Galaxy returned to the top spot in its 4th weekend. The reigning champs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell down a spot but earned a solid return in its 3rd weekend. The other newcomers, If I Stay earned a solid $16.3 million for the weekend and When the Game Stands Tall earned a mediocre $9 million. Overall, a really bad weekend at the box office to go along with a terrible summer box office.
Normally, this is the spot where I discuss the number one film of the weekend, but the story behind Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is too much to not discuss. The 9 year wait seemed to be too much for fan boys as the new Sin City had lost major steam. When the original film came out in 2005, it earned an opening of $29 million on its way to $70 million. This new film had the modest expectations of $15 million because of the lack of buzz. The film didn’t fare all that well with critics as the sequel earned a 43% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film had major stars from Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and more. For Rodriguez himself, it’s another misfire to add to his streak of flops. His last two films, Machete Kills and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World were big flops as well. However, both films didn’t have the $70-$80 million budget that this film had. With the lack of interest, the latest Sin City film will be lucky to earn $15 million by the end of it’s run.
As for the winner this weekend, Marvel returned to the top as the space opera, Guardians of the Galaxy earned $17.6 million. The film surpassed Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction for the top summer movie at the box office this year. It currently trails The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in terms of 2014 domestic grossers. The remarkable story for Marvel’s latest is still amazing considering how the box office this summer has been awful for the most part. Groot and company will likely end their dominate run with $290-$300 million, outgrossing last summer’s Man of Steel which features the big screen return of Superman.
As for the rest of the box office, the reigning champs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell one spot this weekend with a weekend gross of $16.7 million. The latest turtles flick has earned a total of $145.5 million and is on its way to earning a total of $180-$190 million. As for the newcomers, If I Stay won Friday’s box office but fell apart at the end of the weekend. The YA adaption earned $15.6 million for the weekend, which is a pretty decent opening. The other newcomer, When the Game Stands Tall had a middle of the pack debut as the faith-based football drama earned $8.3 million for the weekend. In comparison to Heaven is for Real, Game doesn’t come close in comparison. It even fell behind the debuts of fellow sport films Million Dollar Arm and Draft Day but the high school movie wasn’t expected to be that big of a hit.
In terms of next weekend, Pierce Bronson will try to top the box office as The November Man and some found footage horror film called As Above So Below. Both films aren’t expected to have blockbuster numbers but The November Man is expected to earn about $10 million and will contend with Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the top spot. The summer box office will officially end next weekend and Hollywood can start drooling over 2015’s summer lineup (Avengers 2 anybody?!).
Photos and numbers chart via Box Office Mojo
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||2||Guardians of the Galaxy||BV||$17,202,212||-31.5%||3,371||-326||$5,103||$251,456,069||$170||4|
|2||1||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)||Par.||$16,725,447||-41.4%||3,864||-116||$4,329||$145,535,253||$125||3|
|3||N||If I Stay||WB||$15,679,190||-||2,907||-||$5,394||$15,679,190||$11||1|
|4||3||Let’s Be Cops||Fox||$10,810,533||-39.3%||3,140||+46||$3,443||$45,056,701||$17||2|
|5||N||When the Game Stands Tall||TriS||$8,381,509||-||2,673||-||$3,136||$8,381,509||$15||1|
|6||4||The Expendables 3||LGF||$6,485,385||-59.2%||3,221||-||$2,013||$27,403,562||-||2|
|8||N||Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||W/Dim.||$6,317,683||-||2,894||-||$2,183||$6,317,683||-||1|
|9||7||The Hundred-Foot Journey||BV||$5,339,006||-25.6%||1,944||-99||$2,746||$32,527,210||$22||3|
|10||6||Into The Storm||WB||$3,803,309||-51.8%||2,375||-1,059||$1,601||$38,304,693||$50||3|