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. 2 - Sun, Oct. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Antz$17,195,647--2,449--$7,021$17,195,6471DreamWorks
2What Dreams May Come$15,833,592--2,526--$6,268$15,833,5921PolyGram
3Rush Hour$14,492,122-32%2,70158$5,365$68,696,8543New Line
4A Night at the Roxbury$9,604,791--1,865--$5,150$9,604,7911Paramount
5Ronin$7,202,968-43%2,4870$2,896$19,900,6092MGM
6Urban Legend$6,707,512-36%2,2570$2,972$17,222,9562Sony / TriStar
7There's Something About Mary$3,396,357-23%2,174-297$1,562$98,289,34312Fox
8One True Thing$2,666,675-40%1,63610$1,630$13,712,1103Universal
9Saving Private Ryan$1,674,817-33%1,510-693$1,109$184,354,15711DreamWorks
10Blade$1,054,786-48%1,388-844$760$41,748,3967New Line