Grosses

'If I Stay' Leads Friday w/ $6.8M; 'Guardians' ($4.8M) & 'Turtles' ($4.5M) Still Solid; 'Game' Takes $3.0M; 'Sin City' Sequel Tanks w/ $2.6MAugust 23, 2014 03:35 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports that If I Stay grabbed $6.83 million on Friday, including Thursday's $1.1 million sneaks. That's a healthy start for the young adult adaptation and sets it up nicely for a weekend around $17 million. If I Stay's opening day was 44 percent higher than The Giver's last week, and just 12 percent behind August 2009's The Time Traveler's Wife. The film's CinemaScore was a solid "A-", while Flixster users are more middling at 75 percent.

The race for first place could be a close one, though. Disney/Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy slipped just 30 percent from last Friday to $4.83 million yesterday, taking second place. The flick boasts $239.1 million in the domestic bank so far, and it will overtake Transformers: Age of Extinction on Saturday to become the summer's highest grossing film. The pic is also an impressive 12 percent ahead of the pace of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. BoxOffice projects a $17.2 million return to first place for Guardians' fourth weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was no slouch itself on its third Friday, dropping a healthy 43 percent from last Friday to $4.54 million. The reboot has claimed $133.35 million to date, 19 percent ahead of the pace of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. BoxOffice projects $16.1 million for its third frame.

When the Game Stands Tall earned $3 million yesterday, 44 percent behind the opening day take of 2006's Invincible. BoxOffice projects a $9.5 million opening weekend.

Meanwhile, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was dead on arrival Friday. The nine-years-in-the-making sequel took in $2.62 million on Friday after an already disappointing $480,000 Thursday night start. The opening day figure is 55 percent lower than last year's Kick-Ass 2, and puts the film on course for an opening frame around $6 million. For reference, the original Sin City took in $11.8 million on opening day alone in its April 2005 debut. Early fan word of mouth appears mixed with a 76 percent Flixster score, comparable to 300: Rise of an Empire's 73 percent one day after release.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 16 - Sun, May. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fifth Element$11,410,401-33%2,5000$4,564$34,213,7512Sony / Columbia
2Father's Day$6,108,652-30%2,50725$2,437$14,884,8112Warner Bros.
3Breakdown$5,947,444-22%2,34449$2,537$25,872,8103Paramount
4Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery$5,844,089-17%2,1870$2,672$22,457,1843New Line
5Volcano$3,596,177-20%2,636-14$1,364$31,772,3554Fox
6Liar Liar$3,204,162-11%2,100-212$1,526$160,621,9369Universal
7Romy & Michele's High School Reunion$2,240,691-23%1,6071$1,394$17,894,3554Disney
8Anaconda$2,220,707-17%2,032-270$1,093$45,559,7586Sony / Columbia
9Scream$1,459,743--1,114--$1,310$67,926,31622Miramax / Dimension
10The Saint$1,417,422-9%1,625-105$872$45,320,7797Paramount