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 Wed, Dec. 1 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 1 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure$1,367,080-9%3,2430$422$91,751,4662Disney
2The Polar Express$966,4339%3,6500$265$84,274,7163Warner Bros.
3Alexander$691,706-19%2,4450$283$24,269,8841Warner Bros.
4Christmas with the Kranks$688,453-8%3,393274$203$33,034,1781Sony / Columbia
5The Incredibles$576,226-9%3,4530$167$216,245,9974Disney
6Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$408,692-11%2,4734$165$33,190,8373Universal
7The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$403,415-2%3,3070$122$60,160,3802Paramount
8Ray$186,535-5%1,499-50$124$65,709,7645Universal
9After the Sunset$183,787-7%2,3090$80$24,894,6433New Line
10Saw$90,330-6%1,0430$87$53,477,6045Lionsgate