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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Sep. 19 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 19 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld$8,604,068--2,915--$2,952$8,604,0681Sony / Screen Gems
2Secondhand Lions$3,772,906--3,013--$1,252$3,772,9061New Line
3The Fighting Temptations$3,762,950--2,026--$1,857$3,762,9501Paramount
4Once Upon a Time in Mexico$3,537,561152%3,2897$1,076$33,480,7572Sony / Columbia
5Cold Creek Manor$2,808,786--2,035--$1,380$2,808,7861Disney
6Matchstick Men$2,535,315200%2,7110$935$19,217,8242Warner Bros.
7Cabin Fever$1,313,936174%2,10518$624$12,130,0732Lionsgate
8Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$1,143,240611%2,0830$549$14,661,1873Paramount
9Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$1,027,064256%1,746-283$588$290,043,97611Disney
10Freaky Friday (2003)$718,847364%1,850-717$389$103,274,9187Disney