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, May. 6 - Sun, May. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kingdom of Heaven$19,635,948--3,216--$6,106$19,635,9481Fox
2House of Wax$12,077,275--3,111--$3,882$12,077,2751Warner Bros.
3The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$9,791,875-54%3,1330$3,125$35,782,6002Disney
4Crash (2005)$9,107,676--1,864--$4,886$9,107,6761Lionsgate
5The Interpreter$7,823,598-43%2,81450$2,780$54,406,2833Universal
6XXX: State of the Union$5,521,138-57%3,4800$1,587$20,904,6512Sony / Columbia
7Sahara (2005)$3,428,257-40%2,516-596$1,363$61,667,8825Paramount
8The Amityville Horror (2005)$3,346,985-57%2,478-580$1,351$60,308,2664MGM
9A Lot Like Love$3,155,944-38%2,153-349$1,466$18,911,2353Disney
10Fever Pitch (2005)$2,228,181-37%1,541-651$1,446$39,250,1085Fox