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, Apr. 7 - Sun, Apr. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: The Meltdown$33,823,727-50%3,9695$8,522$115,750,4072Fox
2The Benchwarmers$19,656,629--3,274--$6,004$19,656,6291Sony / Columbia
3Take the Lead$12,051,277--3,009--$4,005$12,051,2771New Line
4Inside Man$9,131,787-41%2,86737$3,185$66,016,3573Universal
5Lucky Number Slevin$7,032,033--1,984--$3,544$7,032,0331MGM / Weinstein
6Failure to Launch$4,131,450-36%2,616-458$1,579$79,147,3805Paramount
7ATL$3,709,397-68%1,6020$2,315$17,214,5732Warner Bros.
8V for Vendetta$3,404,247-46%2,003-907$1,700$62,301,1124Warner Bros.
9Phat Girlz$3,109,090--1,060--$2,933$3,109,0901Fox Searchlight
10Stay Alive$2,245,934-50%1,845-164$1,217$20,528,3203Disney