'If I Stay' tops Friday box office with $6.8 million, 'Sin City 2' flops

By Kyle Johnson,

Chloe Grace Moretz's latest film If I Stay started off decently enough at the box office on Friday, while Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is dead on arrival.

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's If I Stay took the top spot at the box office on Friday with $6.8 million, with $1.1 million from Thursday night previews. That's not exactly a strong start and likely won't be good enough for the film to top the weekend box office. Forbes notes the film is projected to earn nearly $17 million for the weekend, which should at least help it crack the top three.

Sin City 2, returning a long time after the original hit theaters back in 2005, was dead with moviegoers before getting out of the gate and will surely finish out of the top 5. The Robert Rodriguez film earned $2.62 million on Friday and revised projections peg Sin City 2 to earn $7 million for the weekend.

The last new release film of the weekend, the faith-based When the Game Stands Tall, grossed $3 million, managing to beat out Sin City and will likely earn $10 million on the weekend, which isn't spectacular, but the film only cost $15 million to make.

On a weekend with weak offerings, holdovers will likely take the top two spots at the box office. Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $4.83 million on Friday is projected to reclaim the no. 1 spot with an estimated $18 million weekend, Deadline reports, which is pretty good for a fourth weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was right behind with $4.5 million and is projected to earn $16 million on the weekend, putting it up against If I Stay for the second spot. R-rated comedy Let's Be Cops grossed $4 million and is projected to earn $11 million, which likely will be good enough for the fourth spot.

Last weekend's new releases The Expendables 3 and The Giver were forgettable at the box office, on Friday, beaten out by the bombing Sin City.

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