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. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Exorcist: The Beginning$18,054,132--2,803--$6,441$18,054,1321Warner Bros.
2Without a Paddle$13,529,682--2,730--$4,956$13,529,6821Paramount
3The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$13,051,864-43%3,49018$3,740$61,216,0502Disney
4Alien Vs. Predator$12,409,156-68%3,4016$3,649$62,961,8492Fox
5Open Water$11,413,0171176%2,7092654$4,213$13,967,3761Lionsgate
6Collateral$10,157,026-37%3,029-176$3,353$69,722,0733DreamWorks
7The Bourne Supremacy$6,468,580-25%2,532-444$2,555$150,389,7205Universal
8The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$4,018,209-33%1,920-692$2,093$54,545,6784Paramount
9The Village$3,722,317-48%2,249-893$1,655$107,047,8424Disney
10Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie$3,244,770-66%2,4110$1,346$15,516,4232Warner Bros.