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, Jun. 10 - Sun, Jun. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)$50,342,727--3,424--$14,703$50,342,7271Fox
2Madagascar$17,181,138-39%3,929-213$4,373$128,413,9623DreamWorks
3Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$14,852,044-41%3,322-328$4,471$332,107,0814Fox
4The Longest Yard (2005)$13,877,716-47%3,65420$3,798$118,483,4263Paramount
5The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D$12,582,088--2,655--$4,739$12,582,0881Miramax / Dimension
6Cinderella Man$9,729,762-47%2,8208$3,450$34,643,3612Universal
7The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants$5,709,661-42%2,5830$2,210$23,730,5682Warner Bros.
8The Honeymooners$5,539,002--1,912--$2,897$5,539,0021Paramount
9Monster-in-Law$2,624,376-56%1,949-1076$1,347$76,488,4885New Line
10High Tension$1,897,402--1,323--$1,434$1,897,4021Lions Gate