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, Feb. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shutter Island$10,703,887-34%2,991--$3,579$41,062,4401Paramount
2Avatar$4,890,260-34%2,581-104$1,895$688,322,87710Fox
3Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$4,248,196-39%3,39640$1,251$58,714,8132Fox
4Valentine's Day$3,667,737-50%3,6650$1,001$86,927,3852Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Wolfman$2,723,435-36%3,2231$845$50,363,7302Universal
6Dear John$1,623,556-49%3,06287$530$65,801,7653Sony / Screen Gems
7The Tooth Fairy$1,235,963-40%2,523-225$490$49,721,8505Fox
8Crazy Heart$810,919-42%1,08984$745$21,524,36510Fox Searchlight
9From Paris with Love$750,143-37%2,311-411$325$21,361,5043Lionsgate
10Edge of Darkness$570,502-46%2,118-497$269$40,347,2224Warner Bros.