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, Oct. 10 - Sun, Oct. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kiss the Girls$11,122,441-16%2,30231$4,832$24,337,6082Paramount
2Seven Years in Tibet$10,020,378--2,103--$4,765$10,020,3781Sony / TriStar
3Soul Food$5,622,362-33%1,285-65$4,375$25,178,6383Fox
4In & Out$5,474,143-29%2,45279$2,233$39,441,8514Paramount
5The Peacemaker$5,207,974-36%2,42019$2,152$31,479,2723DreamWorks
6Rocket Man$4,472,937--1,836--$2,436$4,472,9371Disney
7L.A. Confidential$3,665,776-22%1,6250$2,256$18,007,0754Warner Bros.
8The Edge$3,473,422-31%2,200-155$1,579$16,221,6843Fox
9Most Wanted$2,836,490--2,098--$1,352$2,836,4901New Line
10Gang Related$2,443,237--1,260--$1,939$2,443,2371Orion