'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Dec. 25 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 25 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$11,570,06858%3,359--$3,444$94,029,3391New Line
2Ali$10,216,477--2,446--$4,177$10,216,4770Sony / Columbia
3Ocean's Eleven$4,397,95994%3,0750$1,430$102,009,7283Warner Bros.
4Vanilla Sky$2,975,699107%2,7442$1,084$49,496,4232Paramount
5Kate & Leopold$2,562,002--2,449--$1,046$2,562,0020Miramax
6Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius$2,166,198-15%3,139--$690$18,554,7141Paramount
7How High$2,076,528245%1,266--$1,640$9,781,3431Universal
8Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$1,936,65013%3,311-111$585$267,894,3246Warner Bros.
9Not Another Teen Movie$1,496,177269%2,3650$633$23,305,7732Sony / Columbia
10Joe Somebody$1,169,00279%2,506--$466$5,377,3391Fox