B.O. Roundup, August 22-24: 'Guardians' Back on Top as 'Sin City 2' Faceplants

Sunday, 24 August 2014 11:13 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, August 22-24: 'Guardians' Back on Top as 'Sin City 2' Faceplants

Audiences opted against a return trip to Basin City this weekend.  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For had a shambling debut at number eight, earning less than $10 million and ensuring that Sin City 3 is supremely unlikely to happen.

One movie's calamity is another movie's boon, however.  After two consecutive weekends in second place, Guardians of the Galaxy hopped back atop the domestic box office chart.

After playing second fiddle to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for two weeks, Marvel's smartassed space opera went back to the top in its fourth frame, earning an estimated $17.6 million according to current estimates.  Domestically, James Gunn's adventure skipped past Transformers: Age of Extinction as the biggest film of the summer, bringing its Stateside total to $251.8 million.  In a matter of days, Guardians of the Galaxy will also surpass The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the highest-grossing film of the year so far.

Of this week's new releases, If I Stay fared best by far, opening in third place with an estimated $16.3 million from 2,907 locations in North America.  Based on Gayle Forman's young adult novel, If I Stay actually started strongest, outpacing the competition on Friday but declining pretty steeply on Saturday and Sunday as demand burned off.

The inspirational football drama When the Game Stands Tall, meanwhile, earned a respectable $9.0 million from 2,673 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, according to current estimates.  That puts the chronicle of De La Salle football's unprecedented winning streak  in fifth place between Let's Be Cops and The Giver.

The only sequel of the new releases was a shamblefest, though, as Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opened to an estimated $6.4 million from 2,894 locations.  Even with nine years of ticket price inflation and the padding affording by 3D, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For still marked a stunning 78% decline from the $29.1 million debut of Sin City back in 2005.  So the odds of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez reuniting for a third go-around are virtually nil.

Check out the top ten movies in North America for the weekend of August 22nd through 24th:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy..............................................$17.6 million...............$251.8 million

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles......................................$16.8 million...............$145.6 million

3. If I Stay...........................................................................$16.3 million...............New Release

4. Let's Be Cops................................................................$11.0 million...............$45.2 million

5. When the Game Stands Tall.........................................$9.0 million.................New Release

6. The Giver.......................................................................$6.7 million.................$24.1 million

7. The Expendables 3.......................................................$6.6 million.................$27.5 million

8. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.........................................$6.4 million.................New Release

9. The Hundred-Foot Journey.........................................$5.5 million.................$32.7 million

10. Into the Storm.............................................................$3.8 million.................$38.3 million

On Wednesday, the one and only Pierce Brosnan returns to international espionage with Relativity's anticipated The November Man, followed by the Parisian horror tale As Above, So Below on Friday.

Will either of these new release knock Guardians of the Galaxy off the pedestal on which it once again stands?

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