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 Thu, Feb. 1 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 1 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Smokin' Aces$897,528-1%2,218--$405$18,630,4281Universal
2Epic Movie$588,1706%2,801--$210$21,144,0511Fox
3Dreamgirls$461,329-7%2,785571$166$88,751,7865Paramount / DreamWorks
4Night at the Museum$442,7253%3,241-242$137$218,617,2246Fox
5Catch and Release$382,138-7%1,622--$236$9,310,4461Sony / Columbia
6The Queen$376,385-8%1,830244$206$42,759,14918Miramax
7The Pursuit of Happyness$335,5113%2,688-378$125$154,250,6237Sony / Columbia
8Stomp the Yard$311,4127%2,11564$147$51,803,3913Sony / Screen Gems
9Freedom Writers$270,3918%2,273-13$119$32,288,6264Paramount
10The Departed$263,3210%1,4531326$181$126,303,89717Warner Bros.