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 Sun, Dec. 17 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 17 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pursuit of Happyness$7,045,383-33%2,852--$2,470$26,541,2151Sony / Columbia
2Eragon$5,747,068-34%3,020--$1,903$23,239,6621Fox
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$3,360,442-28%3,566--$942$11,458,2951Paramount
4Apocalypto$2,609,964-17%2,4650$1,059$28,207,7562Disney
5Happy Feet$2,555,976-31%3,335-315$766$149,251,9955Warner Bros.
6The Holiday$2,227,101-31%2,6144$852$25,124,8822Sony / Columbia
7Blood Diamond$1,892,458-33%1,9100$991$18,636,4582Warner Bros.
8The Nativity Story$1,730,2490%2,574-509$672$23,021,0513New Line
9Casino Royale (2006)$1,545,203-38%2,437-724$634$137,502,2545Sony / Columbia
10Unaccompanied Minors$972,725-36%2,7750$351$10,093,1502Warner Bros.