'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, May. 1 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 1 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1United 93$969,871-68%1,795--$540$12,446,9421Universal
2RV$888,262-80%3,639--$244$17,302,9031Sony / Columbia
3Silent Hill$744,083-69%2,9326$254$35,011,9682Sony / Columbia
4The Sentinel$524,912-72%2,85132$184$26,251,0392Fox
5Scary Movie 4$467,620-75%3,418-256$137$78,634,8973Weinstein / Dimension
6Stick It$462,277-80%2,038--$227$11,265,2821Disney
7Ice Age: The Meltdown$370,189-83%3,122-418$119$178,232,0185Fox
8Akeelah and the Bee$323,450-80%2,195--$147$6,335,5561Lionsgate
9The Wild$227,412-86%2,605-249$87$28,738,3033Disney
10The Benchwarmers$221,204-80%2,695-399$82$52,985,6174Sony / Columbia