'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, Jul. 23 - Sun, Jul. 25

Wide (1000+)

1The Bourne Supremacy$52,522,882--3,165--$16,595$52,522,8821Universal
2I, Robot$21,728,676-58%3,49474$6,219$95,124,5632Fox
3Catwoman$16,727,870--3,117--$5,367$16,727,8701Warner Bros.
4Spider-Man 2$15,015,006-39%3,753-305$4,001$328,464,0174Sony / Columbia
5A Cinderella Story$7,834,096-42%2,6250$2,984$29,608,8752Warner Bros.
6Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy$6,974,187-50%2,936-168$2,375$71,059,8233DreamWorks
7Fahrenheit 9/11$4,759,921-34%1,855-149$2,566$103,138,0325Lionsgate
8The Notebook (2004)$4,268,634-24%2,003-86$2,131$62,331,5875New Line
9King Arthur (2004)$3,035,807-58%2,104-982$1,443$45,171,0603Disney
10Shrek 2$2,317,109-28%1,559-298$1,486$429,446,99210DreamWorks