In "If I Stay," the R.J. Cutler-directed adaptation of Gayle Forman's young-adult bestseller, Moretz portrays a high school cellist who must choose between life and death after a horrific car accident. Although the film has a supernatural element, the character of Mia is perhaps Moretz's most down-to-earth role yet and could mark a turning point in her evolution from precocious child star to serious adult actress.
It remains to be seen whether "If I Stay" can find lasting success; in the meantime, here's a look back at Moretz's recent box-office track record (numbers via Box Office Mojo) and forward to her upcoming projects.
Domestic gross: $35.3 million; worldwide gross: $84.8 million; widest release: 3,157 theaters.
Kimberly Peirce's remake of the Brian De Palma horror classic opened to a so-so $17 million against the eventual Oscar juggernaut "Gravity" while earning mixed reviews. Made on a modest $30-million budget, it was neither a big success nor a major flop. Incidentally, the original "Carrie" earned $33.8 million in 1976.
"Kick-Ass 2" (2013)
Domestic gross: $28.8 million; worldwide gross: $60.8 million; widest release: 2,945 theaters.
This R-rated superhero sequel got its, ahem, butt kicked on opening weekend by
Domestic gross: $79.8 million; worldwide gross: $245.5 million; widest release: 3,755 theaters.
Moretz was an ensemble player in
Domestic gross: $45,469; worldwide gross: $957,240; widest release: 10 theaters.
Ami Canaan Mann's crime thriller starring Moretz,
Domestic gross: $73.9 million; worldwide gross: $185.8 million; widest release: 2,608 theaters.
With a massive budget said to be between $156 million and $170 million,
Domestic gross: $12.1 million; worldwide gross: $24.1 million; widest release: 2,042 theaters.
Domestic gross: $48.1 million; worldwide gross: $96.2 million; widest release: 3,065 theaters.
Although it opened below projections, "Kick-Ass" — which helped put Moretz on the map via her striking performance as the pint-size vigilanted Hit-Girl — ultimately turned a tidy sum at the box office given its modest $30-million budget.
Moretz will next be seen opposite
Moretz is also set to star in Gilles Paquet-Brenner's mystery "Dark Places" with Charlize Theron and in J. Blakeson's sci-fi tale "The Fifth Wave."