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Sin City committed one of Hollywood's deadliest this weekend: boring moviegoers.

The result was one of the higher-profile Hollywood flops of the summer. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 fanboy favorite, mustered just $6.5 million and eighth place, according to studio estimates from Rentrak.

The opening fell well below expectations, with analysts having anticipated a No. 1 debut of at least $15 million.

But mixed reviews and weak word-of-mouth undercut the movie, whose stars include Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba, leaving the top spot up for grabs between a new young-adult film and superhero holdovers.

The holdovers won out as Guardians of the Galaxy reclaimed the No. 1 position with $17.6 million. The film has done $251.9 million since its Aug. 1 release, making it summer's biggest hit.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles claimed the second spot with $16.8 million.

If I Stay, the young-adult adaptation starring Chloe Grace Moretz, took third with $16.4 million, meeting most of its modest expectations.

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While the movie earned a thumbs-up from just 41% of the nation's critics, says survey site Rotten Tomatoes, the drama received a collective "A-" from audiences, according to online pollsters CinemaScore.

It proved a stronger reception than Dame's. Though the movie earned an approval rating of 43% of critics, it scored just a "B-" with fans, says CinemaScore, an ominous sign for its long-term prospects.

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"The big story of the week is" not the box-office race, suggest David Mumpower, analyst for Box Office Prophets. "Instead, it is the shocking failure of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which would have been more aptly titled A Dame to Ignore."

Mumpower notes that the original film directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez became a crime noir hit, collecting an unexpected $74 million, and says a sequel should have arrived sooner.

Dame "has been released half a dozen years too late for anyone to care," he says. "Because of this inexplicable delay, a project that easily could have opened to $50 million in 2007" couldn't crack the top five.

The comedy Let's Be Cops was fourth with $11 million.

Sports drama When the Game Stands Tall met most projections, rounding out the top five with $9.1 million.

Final figures are expected Monday.

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