The long-awaited “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” had an extremely terrible run at the box office, while Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is back at the top position on a very slow weekend. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was supposed to debut at an estimated $15 million according to market experts, but only managed to rake in approximately $6.5 million in eight place this week. Boasting with a star-studded line-up that include the likes of Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to name a few, the sequel is a disappointing failure compared to the first installment which opened to $29.1 million back in 2005.
Market experts blame the huge bomb due to the sequel’s delay. Box Office Prophets analyst David Mumpower said “because of this inexplicable delay, a project that easily could have opened to $50 million in 2007” failed to reach the top spots on what seemed to be a very easy weekend for the film to excel. The huge delay, weak marketing campaigns, and mixed reviews from critics and general moviegoers nailed down the coffin lid on one of the most anticipated movies in the last decade.
Sharpening its teeth in the shadows while waiting to slide in to steal the top spot again, James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is back at the top spot in a very lackluster weekend. The movie featuring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista in the leading roles, added an additional $17.6 million in its fourth week at the box office. Reclaim the box office crown, “Guardians” is piling up stacks of cash with a total gross of $251.9 million domestically, and it’s nearly at the $500 million mark worldwide, with Japan and China’s figures yet to be confirmed.
The top 5 is rounded up with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in second place with approximately $16.8 million in its third weekend, followed by Chloe Moretz tearjerker “If I Stay” with $16.4 million. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans’ buddy cop movie “Let’s Be Cops” adds an estimated $11 million in fourth place, followed by newcomer “When the Game Stands Tall” with $9 million in fifth place.
Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo
- “Guardians of the Galaxy” – $17.6 million
- “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – $16.8 Million
- “If I Stay” – $16.4 million
- “Let’s Be Cops” – $11 million
- “When the Game Stands Tall” – $9 million
- “The Giver” – $6.7 million
- “The Expendables 3” – $6.6 million
- “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” – $6.5 million
- “The Hundred-Foot Journey” – $5.6 million
- “Into the Storm (2014)” – $3.8 million