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, May. 29 - Sun, May. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Up$68,108,387--3,766--$18,085$68,108,3871Disney
2Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$24,353,761--4,1015$5,938$104,149,1742Fox
3Terminator Salvation$16,433,299--3,60272$4,562$90,950,3692Warner Bros.
4Drag Me to Hell$15,823,639--2,508--$6,309$15,823,6391Universal
5Star Trek$12,613,323--3,507-546$3,597$209,316,1454Paramount
6Angels & Demons$11,353,692--3,464-63$3,278$104,915,6653Sony / Columbia
7Dance Flick$4,744,774--2,4599$1,930$19,086,2222Paramount
8X-Men Origins: Wolverine$3,873,443--2,263-920$1,712$170,845,1805Fox
9Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,911,628--1,450-805$1,318$50,024,8895Warner Bros. / New Line