'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 Mon, Apr. 12 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 12 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Home on the Range$1,856,3127%3,05811$607$29,273,0602Disney
2Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed$1,654,846-13%3,130-182$529$64,536,4803Warner Bros.
3Hellboy$1,351,254-51%3,04315$444$42,179,1312Sony / Columbia
4Ella Enchanted$1,323,425-2%1,931--$685$7,492,3371Miramax
5The Passion of the Christ$1,297,437-65%3,240-168$400$354,307,4677Newmarket
6Johnson Family Vacation$1,221,578-55%1,317--$928$13,036,4301Fox Searchlight
7The Alamo (2004)$1,135,960-50%2,609--$435$10,259,8531Disney
8Walking Tall$1,046,328-53%2,8360$369$30,000,9952MGM
9The Prince and Me$953,453-16%2,71129$352$19,371,4862Paramount
10The Girl Next Door$793,628-46%2,148--$369$6,796,9091Fox