'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, Apr. 23 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 23 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silent Hill$4,579,058-38%2,926--$1,565$20,151,7661Sony / Columbia
2Ice Age: The Meltdown$3,969,557-33%3,540-333$1,121$168,345,9594Fox
3Scary Movie 4$3,696,849-50%3,67472$1,006$67,477,3232Weinstein / Dimension
4The Sentinel$3,367,330-46%2,819--$1,195$14,366,6541Fox
5The Wild$2,569,636-31%2,8540$900$22,240,7932Disney
6The Benchwarmers$1,785,100-45%3,094-188$577$47,099,4403Sony / Columbia
7Take the Lead$1,082,219-39%2,413-596$448$29,488,9493New Line
8Inside Man$949,361-46%2,021-456$470$81,316,7275Universal
9American Dreamz$847,888-48%1,500--$565$3,668,5191Universal
10Lucky Number Slevin$687,812-35%1,735-254$396$18,675,6483MGM / Weinstein