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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1House on Haunted Hill (1999)$15,947,229--2,710--$5,885$15,947,2291Warner Bros.
2The Best Man$6,281,690-30%1,3482$4,660$8,904,9892Universal
3Double Jeopardy$5,405,037-29%2,986-16$1,810$97,997,0696Paramount
4American Beauty$3,779,747-27%1,52869$2,474$53,955,1187DreamWorks
5Music of the Heart$3,653,281--1,349--$2,708$3,653,2811Miramax
6Bringing Out the Dead$3,384,042-45%1,94711$1,738$5,241,9682Paramount
7Fight Club$3,296,137-48%1,943-23$1,696$27,671,8633Fox
8The Sixth Sense$3,200,961-21%2,051-140$1,561$258,855,77713Disney
9The Story of Us$2,968,895-45%2,1759$1,365$22,217,1313Universal
10Three Kings$2,522,288-41%1,851-560$1,363$33,626,7125Warner Bros.