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 Tue, Aug. 18 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 18 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1District 9$4,604,043-11%3,049--$1,510$47,120,9331Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$2,588,659-1%4,0070$646$103,776,0252Paramount
3The Time Traveler's Wife$2,478,0756%2,988--$829$23,439,7891Warner Bros. / New Line
4Julie & Julia$1,901,38017%2,3540$808$46,876,4692Sony / Columbia
5G-Force$1,126,32912%3,065-417$367$101,186,3544Disney
6The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard$807,176-4%1,838--$439$7,286,2071Paramount Vantage
7Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$759,8833%2,771-684$274$285,377,3795Warner Bros.
8The Ugly Truth$717,09212%2,733-242$262$78,803,8714Sony / Columbia
9(500) Days of Summer$516,0773%1,048231$492$18,914,7755Fox Searchlight
10Funny People$477,1115%2,584-424$185$48,839,9793Universal