'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 Fri, Feb. 1 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 1 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Hawk Down$3,555,665198%3,14342$1,131$67,506,9683Sony / Columbia
2A Walk to Remember$3,154,926446%2,4209$1,304$17,644,7642Warner Bros.
3The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)$2,850,566273%2,211204$1,289$17,449,1822Disney
4A Beautiful Mind$2,531,097233%2,25013$1,125$98,632,1005Universal
5The Mothman Prophecies$2,514,551331%2,3310$1,079$16,376,3392Sony / Screen Gems
6Snow Dogs$2,275,287328%2,45414$927$43,203,2743Disney
7I Am Sam$1,958,943237%1,30335$1,503$12,701,9096New Line
8The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$1,491,007195%2,309-394$646$262,060,8657New Line
9Kung Pow! Enter the Fist$1,105,170310%2,475-3$447$9,353,9152Fox
10Slackers$1,093,750--1,893--$578$1,093,7501Sony / Columbia