"If I Stay", a teen love story of sorrow and grief, topped a sluggish box office Friday, leading a late-summer season marked by villains in space, a Ninja Turtles comeback and the inky, graphic-novel violence of a city in sin and a dame in trouble.
Based on the 2009 bestselling book by Gayle Forman, “If I Stay,” starring
Interstellar wit, heroics and a well-armed raccoon helped “Guardians of the Galaxy” finish second on Friday with an estimated $4.8 million. Since opening several weeks ago, the Marvel film has grossed more than $239 million. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” finished third with $4.5 million, and “Let’s Be Cops,” starring
The much anticipated “
A tale of a car accident and the aftermath of tragedy in a snow-swept Oregon, "If I Stay" also proved uneven with the critics. The Seattle Times said: "In a summer that brought us a very good movie about a dying teenage girl ('The Fault in Our Stars'), it seems statistically unlikely that we might get another -- and, indeed, we don't."