Looks like despite the poor reviews, If I Stay topped Friday’s box office. The teen tearjerker starring promising young actress Chloë Moretz pulled in a lot of fanfare on Friday with $6.8 million on opening. At No. 2 was Guardians of The Galaxy with $4.8 million. Will If I Stay be the victor at the box office? It certainly looks that way.
Although one can argue that Guardians of The Galaxy isn’t going anywhere, it’s been out for a bit now, and the die-hard fans, and any new audience members, have likely seen the movie at this point. We’re sure it will still be a top earner for weeks to come, but If I Stay’s demographic is going out in droves to see this one, or at least that’s what it seems. It makes sense considering the last teen tearjerker, The Fault in Our Stars, was very profitable, but like Guardians, The Fault in Our Stars has also been at the box office for a number of weeks.
If I Stay is about a girl named Mia Hall who enters a coma after getting into a very serious car accident. Most of the film sees Mia in an out of body state as she decides if she will “stay” for her friends or family, and live a completely different life than before, or abandon her body.
Here’s what some people are saying about If I Stay:
If I stay and stay still literally just meshed and I’m not okay. Like wtf I’m still crying this is not okay
— Psycho (@JoeyArectumKels) August 24, 2014
“@caitnwatkins: save y’all’s money If I Stay was garbage”
— Cortney Tiarra✨ (@mrsright732) August 24, 2014
If you wanna cry a lot if I stay is for you
— Ali Justice (@alijustice13) August 24, 2014
two times during if i stay I couldn’t contain my laughter I hate myself
— kelsO (@KELSWX) August 24, 2014
At No. 3 is the poorly received Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with $4.54 million. Although domestically the film made $133 million, it’s still not up to snuff with the original Turtles.
Unfortunately with the Ferguson shooting, Let’s Be Cops really picked a bad week to come out in theaters. While buddy cop films have had a resurgence with hits like Ride Along and 22 Jump Street, it’s safe to say that no one wanted to see a movie about cops, which brings the Fox comedy in at No. 4 for its second week with an abysmal $3.2 million. In total it has earned $17 million.
Coming in at No. 5 is When The Game Stands Tall at $3.0 million. We’ll update you on the box office report for the weekend when the numbers come in on Sunday.
[Image via Warner Bros]