The Chloë Grace Moretz weeper If I Stay stood its ground on Friday by taking in $6.8 million at the box-office, beating out fellow newcomer Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which took in just $2.62 million. Guardians of the Galaxy continues to rake in the bucks, as it made $4.8 million. Coming in third was the Jim Caviezel headlined football drama When The Game Stands Tall with a $3 million showing.
If I Stay, based on Gayle Forman’s book, centers on two musically inclined youths (Moretz, who spent seven months learning the cello, and Jamie Blackley) whose romance takes a tragic turn after Mia (Moretz) is involved in a car accident.
If I Stay should continue its momentum throughout the weekend, especially since movie fans don’t mind a mix of tears with their popcorn ( The Fault In Our Stars made over $124 million domestically).
In the clip below, Moretz explains how the life after death theme is handled with If I Can Stay:
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) August 23, 2014
Directed by R.J. Cutler (American High), If I Stay co-stars Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, and Liana Liberato.