'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, Apr. 8 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 8 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sahara (2005)$6,150,952--3,154--$1,950$6,150,9521Paramount
2Sin City$4,681,385168%3,2300$1,449$41,292,3252Miramax / Dimension
3Fever Pitch (2005)$4,521,619--3,267--$1,384$4,521,6191Fox
4Guess Who$2,342,267181%3,064-83$764$46,344,9373Sony / Columbia
5Beauty Shop$2,113,753220%2,6590$795$21,429,5152MGM
6Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous$1,365,298124%3,011-222$453$34,714,4473Warner Bros.
8The Pacifier$954,302126%2,375-476$402$98,397,8326Disney
9The Ring Two$946,897171%2,407-772$393$70,360,2904DreamWorks
10The Upside of Anger$773,636137%1,15140$672$10,474,4275New Line