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, Dec. 21 - Sun, Dec. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$44,783,411--3,832--$11,687$44,783,4111Disney
2I Am Legend$33,502,488-57%3,62014$9,255$136,769,6692Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks$28,178,421-36%3,49924$8,053$84,043,8002Fox
4Charlie Wilson's War$9,657,359--2,575--$3,750$9,657,3591Universal
5Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$9,301,201--1,249--$7,447$9,301,2011Paramount / DreamWorks
6P.S. I Love You$6,480,554--2,454--$2,641$6,480,5541Warner Bros.
7The Golden Compass$4,557,064-48%2,953-575$1,543$51,282,1913New Line
8Enchanted$4,222,894-24%2,227-839$1,896$100,434,3485Disney
9Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story$4,173,273--2,650--$1,575$4,173,2731Sony / Columbia
10No Country for Old Men$1,874,865-34%1,222-126$1,534$36,907,5707Miramax