'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. 27 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 27 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Baby Mama$4,043,101-42%2,543--$1,590$17,406,5621Universal
2Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay$3,747,515-28%2,510--$1,493$14,908,9211Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Forbidden Kingdom$3,232,450-32%3,1510$1,026$38,238,6522Lionsgate
4Forgetting Sarah Marshall$3,036,861-33%2,7991$1,085$35,092,0312Universal
5Nim's Island$1,367,254-32%2,977-300$459$38,974,2844Fox
688 Minutes$1,017,786-34%2,1680$469$12,627,2212Sony / Columbia
721$963,142-46%2,95249$326$75,791,4645Sony / Columbia
8Prom Night (2008)$808,695-60%2,821121$287$38,220,7473Sony / Screen Gems
9Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$769,377-29%2,159-511$356$147,954,8867Fox
10Street Kings$643,661-29%1,735-734$371$23,703,7923Fox Searchlight