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 Sun, Jan. 4 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 4 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$7,015,518-34%3,7030$1,895$290,413,6263New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$4,569,380-45%3,3079$1,382$85,619,7022Fox
3Cold Mountain$2,514,052-47%2,21653$1,135$43,740,4502Miramax
4Something's Gotta Give$2,452,600-49%2,80899$873$81,208,3264Sony / Columbia
5Peter Pan (2003)$2,123,513-35%2,8130$755$34,180,8412Universal
6Paycheck$2,075,380-47%2,7620$751$38,642,8252Paramount
7Mona Lisa Smile$1,795,209-45%2,71437$661$50,005,3383Sony / Columbia
8The Last Samurai$1,745,775-39%2,401-156$727$90,020,7665Warner Bros.
9The Haunted Mansion$620,884-33%1,501-121$414$70,422,7196Disney
10Stuck on You$582,110-47%2,064-336$282$30,719,5074Fox