LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" was left battered and bruised on Friday at the domestic box office, while "Guardians of the Galaxy" will likely skyrocket back up top, eking out Friday's victor "If I Stay" by Sunday.
The retro-noir tanked, coming in sixth on Friday behind the sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall," with $2.6 million. It's on track for dismal $7 million this weekend - less than half the $15 million projected sum.
The sequel comes almost a decade after The Weinstein Co. struck gold with the original pic. "Sin City" debuted to $29.1 million in 2005 on its way to a $74.1 million domestic total ($158.8 million worldwide). Nine years is clearly too long of a gap for audiences, especially since the franchise no longer has critical support. This second installment earned a 43 percent fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes, while "Sin City" garnered 78 percent.
Robert Rodriguez's second adaptation from Frank Miller's graphic novel series brings back Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson and introduces several newcomers, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
"If I Stay" topped the charts on Friday with $6.8 million, but the YA tearjerker stands to fall to second place by weekend's end. The pic is en route for an estimated $17.7 million, while "Guardians of the Galaxy" stands to gross $17.8 million.
The last new release, Sony's sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall" came in fifth behind "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Let's Be Cops" ($3.2 million). The inspirational pic earned $3 million and looks to score just north of $9 million in its debut.
The movie is based on the true story of Bob Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel), the high school football coach behind a Northern California high school's record-breaking 151-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, "Guardians of the Galaxy" shows no signs of stopping down. Disney-Marvel's intergalactic pic made $4.8 million on Friday and is on track for $17.8 million. It crossed the $200 million mark last Friday and is en route to gross a whopping $252 million by Sunday.