Box office: ‘If I Stay’ launches with solid $1.1 million Thursday

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The teen tearjerker “If I Stay”
grossed a studio-estimated $1.1 million in ticket sales from Thursday
showings that started at 7 p.m. — a solid start for the adaptation of
the young-adult novel of the same name.

Featuring Chloë Grace
Moretz and Jamie Blackley as the love-struck teenagers, “If I Stay” is
expected to gross roughly $25 million through Sunday in its domestic
debut, though distributor Warner Bros. expects $20 million at the most.

Either result will almost certainly send the MGM and New Line Cinema co-production to the top of the box-office charts.

Fellow
newcomers — the sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and TriStar’s
faith-themed football flick “When the Game Stands Tall” — also opened
with Thursday night pre-shows.

The “Sin City” follow-up took in a
softer $475,000. It is not expected to challenge “If I Stay” for the top
spot, nor is it likely to come close to the opening of the original
“Sin City” from 2005 ($29 million).

Meanwhile the high school pigskin production hauled in $425,000
from showings that began at 7 p.m. Analysts do not expect “When the Game
Stands Tall” to break the $10-million mark in its opening, though it
did top the Thursday night showing of the April football effort “Draft
Day.” That Kevin Costner movie did $350,000 in its pre-weekend runs, on
its way to an opening of $9.78 million.

 – LA Times

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