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Box office: 'If I Stay' tops sluggish Friday numbers
Box office: 'If I Stay' tops sluggish Friday numbers

“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 Chloe Grace Moretz, took in $6.8 million. The film reaffirmed that teen tragedies -- first loves, woeful gazes -- lifted from popular young-adult novels have been a force, if not always a critical success, at the box office this year. “If I Stay” follows the earlier prominence of “The Fault in Our Stars," which has so far...

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