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, Aug. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Freddy Vs. Jason$36,428,066--3,014--$12,086$36,428,0661New Line
2S.W.A.T.$18,121,800-51%3,22018$5,628$69,673,4032Sony / Columbia
3Open Range$14,046,955--2,075--$6,770$14,046,9551Disney
4Freaky Friday (2003)$13,434,576-39%2,97925$4,510$58,416,5602Disney
5Uptown Girls$11,276,917--2,495--$4,520$11,276,9171MGM
6Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$9,168,077-30%2,710-460$3,383$248,722,0236Disney
7American Wedding$8,402,098-46%2,985-190$2,815$80,857,0503Universal
8Seabiscuit$8,085,596-32%2,46234$3,284$83,010,7354Universal
9Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$5,288,540-46%3,003-385$1,761$96,905,4084Miramax / Dimension
10Bad Boys II$3,144,010-48%1,785-664$1,761$128,859,0855Sony / Columbia