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, Nov. 14 - Sun, Nov. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Jackal$15,164,595--2,193--$6,915$15,164,5951Universal
2Starship Troopers$10,033,965-55%2,9710$3,377$39,192,4582Sony / TriStar
3The Little Mermaid (1997 re-issue)$9,814,520--2,054--$4,778$9,814,5201Buena Vista
4Bean$7,938,313-38%2,01567$3,940$25,594,5205Gramercy
5The Man Who Knew Too Little$4,604,819--2,036--$2,262$4,604,8191Warner Bros.
6I Know What You Did Last Summer$4,062,163-38%2,430-94$1,672$48,306,0055Sony / Columbia
7The Devil's Advocate$3,502,835-31%2,016-191$1,738$50,525,9145Warner Bros.
8Red Corner$2,619,291-47%2,5070$1,045$14,927,7863MGM
9Boogie Nights$2,577,634-35%1,00352$2,570$13,927,5086New Line
10Mad City$2,203,249-53%2,1940$1,004$6,852,9912Warner Bros.