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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ratatouille$47,027,687--3,940--$11,936$47,027,6871Disney
2Live Free or Die Hard$33,369,011--3,408--$9,791$48,396,1441Fox
3Evan Almighty$15,143,148-51%3,63632$4,165$60,677,5082Universal
41408$10,661,701-48%2,73355$3,901$40,443,0592MGM / Weinstein
5Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$9,143,911-54%3,424-539$2,671$114,943,7533Fox
6Knocked Up$7,302,880-33%2,665-310$2,740$122,293,4995Universal
7Ocean's Thirteen$6,085,961-47%2,903-547$2,096$102,125,5164Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End$4,960,148-31%2,162-640$2,294$295,703,7036Disney
9Shrek the Third$2,673,017-53%2,066-756$1,294$313,741,1837Paramount / DreamWorks
10Surf's Up$2,446,730-63%2,503-806$978$53,755,6034Sony / Columbia