Weekend Forecast: 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For', 'If I Stay', & 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Featured Stories - on August 20, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

aug22.pngOn the penultimate weekend of summer, three new films go into wide release. Will any of them take first place away from strong holdovers Turtles and/or Guardians?

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

PROS:

- The original film earned a solid $74 million domestically in 2005.
- Bringing back many of the original's favorite characters, and a few new additions, could spice up interest.
- Flixster and Facebook activity have been quite encouraging.

CONS:

- Although the success of fellow Frank Miller adaptation 300: Rise of an Empire suggests otherwise, the seven-year wait may prove too long for non-fans.
- Twitter activity is significantly behind that of Hercules, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Kick-Ass 2.
- Will general audiences still find any curiosity in the film's visual appeal?

If I Stay

PROS:

- The 2009 novel was relatively popular and well-reviewed.
- Star Chloe Grace Moretz has been considered a rising young star for quite some time, and should add to this film's appeal given the target audience.
- Twitter and Facebook activity have been very encouraging.

CONS:

- The film will inevitably be compared to The Fault in Our Stars given the proximity of their releases this summer.
- Flixster activity has left something to be desired.
- Although no slouch in its own right, book sales weren't near the level of Fault.

When the Game Stands Tall

PROS:

- Sony is hoping to repeat the modest success of fellow August sports drama, 2006's Invincible.
- As football season begins, the sport's fans could turn out for this audience-friendly story.

CONS:

- Social media activity has paled in comparison to Heaven is for Real.
- With much star power outside of Jim Caviezel, and scant marketing, this could easily be overlooked by moviegoers. 

Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Domestic Total through Sunday, August 24
If I Stay Aug 22, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line / MGM
$19,500,000 $19,500,000
Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 1, 2014 Disney
$16,000,000 $250,000,000
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Aug 8, 2014 Paramount
$15,500,000 $144,400,000
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Aug 22, 2014 Weinstein / Dimension
$15,000,000 $15,000,000
When the Game Stands Tall Aug 22, 2014 Sony / TriStar
$11,000,000 $11,000,000
Let's Be Cops Aug 13, 2014 Fox
$10,800,000 $45,000,000
The Expendables 3 Aug 15, 2014 Lionsgate
$6,500,000 $27,500,000
The Giver Aug 15, 2014 Weinstein Company
$6,200,000 $23,500,000
The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 8, 2014 Disney / DreamWorks
$4,800,000 $31,900,000
Into the Storm Aug 8, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$3,900,000 $38,400,000

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: predictions, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, When the Game Stands Tall, If I Stay

2 Comments

  • Doug2670 on 20 August 2014

    The time (in years) between "Sin City" and "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" is actually 9 years 4 months, NOT 7 years like you posted :-)

  • hermitfour on 21 August 2014

    7 years is from 300 to 300 Rise...

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