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.
|#||Title||Fri, Jan. 3 2003||Locations||Avg.||Total||Wks.||Dist.|
|1||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||$7,576,610||19%||3,622||0||$2,092||$243,591,024||3||New Line|
|2||Catch Me If You Can (2002)||$6,596,642||42%||3,170||14||$2,081||$82,892,658||2||DreamWorks|
|3||Two Weeks Notice||$3,761,620||36%||2,755||0||$1,365||$61,445,968||3||Warner Bros.|
|4||Maid in Manhattan||$2,917,156||34%||3,050||112||$956||$70,623,928||4||Sony / Columbia|
|5||Gangs of New York||$2,165,205||15%||2,305||135||$939||$41,923,011||3||Miramax|
|6||The Wild Thornberrys Movie||$1,773,360||22%||2,881||-131||$616||$27,792,616||3||Paramount|
|7||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||$1,431,913||-1%||2,015||-490||$711||$248,881,631||8||Warner Bros.|
|8||The Hot Chick||$1,273,054||41%||2,160||-86||$589||$27,494,788||4||Disney|
|9||Die Another Day||$944,820||24%||1,808||-67||$523||$151,775,558||7||MGM|
|10||Star Trek: Nemesis||$768,113||32%||2,423||-219||$317||$37,951,891||4||Paramount|