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, Oct. 19 - Sun, Oct. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
130 Days of Night$15,951,763--2,855--$5,587$15,951,7631Sony / Columbia
2Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?$12,186,181-43%2,03423$5,991$38,950,4022Lionsgate
3The Game Plan$8,178,630-26%3,301173$2,478$69,206,1014Disney
4Michael Clayton$6,677,091-36%2,58574$2,583$21,563,0013Warner Bros.
5The Comebacks$5,555,610--2,812--$1,976$5,555,6101Fox Atomic
6Gone Baby Gone$5,501,406--1,713--$3,212$5,501,4061Miramax
7We Own the Night$5,421,951-50%2,3620$2,295$19,706,4672Sony / Columbia
8Rendition$4,060,012--2,250--$1,804$4,060,0121New Line
9The Heartbreak Kid$3,815,586-48%2,782-451$1,372$32,026,2133Paramount / DreamWorks
10Elizabeth: The Golden Age$3,150,605-49%2,0065$1,571$11,225,6912Universal