'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 Fri, Jan. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$5,296,201--2,985--$1,774$5,296,2011Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$4,369,075172%3,0224$1,446$30,461,3142Paramount
3The Mechanic$3,612,617--2,703--$1,337$3,612,6171CBS Films
4The Green Hornet$2,894,905168%3,524-60$821$70,195,5603Sony / Columbia
5The King's Speech$2,871,428164%2,557877$1,123$63,986,33510Weinstein Company
6True Grit (2010)$1,956,810146%3,120-344$627$142,744,4456Paramount
7The Dilemma$1,700,105182%2,905-38$585$36,858,5603Universal
8Black Swan$1,411,118121%2,315-92$610$87,015,1599Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$1,010,840125%1,914-361$528$75,328,7648Paramount
10Little Fockers$697,340160%2,051-928$340$142,850,8806Universal
11TRON: Legacy$610,610128%1,505-513$406$164,813,6977Disney
12Yogi Bear$585,127214%2,133-377$274$89,927,9687Warner Bros.
14Country Strong$371,877111%1,287-154$289$17,903,7046Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$205,68413%1,110-1197$185$23,138,1654Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$599,1182415%916847$654$11,973,23813Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$339,048206%415173$817$5,216,1485Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$311,302--256--$1,216$311,3021Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$199,033135%732-403$272$101,128,8698Fox
5The Company Men$169,415259%211105$803$1,051,5232Weinstein Company
6Gulliver's Travels (2010)$152,789149%653-447$234$40,399,9036Fox
7The Way Back$146,96544%595-83$247$1,798,2532Newmarket Films
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$137,34778%465-260$295$291,759,91011Warner Bros.
9The Social Network$115,638146%367-18$315$95,691,54218Sony / Columbia
10The Tourist$108,99441%428-447$255$66,306,6638Sony / Columbia
11Megamind$108,899226%300-20$363$146,577,20813Paramount / DreamWorks
12Unstoppable (2010)$58,115191%250-28$232$80,866,49812Fox
13Rabbit Hole$45,85270%12423$370$1,407,8607Lionsgate
14Burlesque$43,418--238-58$182$39,184,39710Sony / Screen Gems
15Red (2010)$23,663117%119-34$199$90,302,00716Summit
16The Heart Specialist$21,58259%119-174$181$997,1913Freestyle
17Love and Other Drugs$21,26374%117-29$182$32,223,85910Fox
18Faster (2010)$17,493234%1148$153$23,121,79510CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$120,9464771%5955$2,050$283,2565Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$31,39820%43-6$730$20,956,55146Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$28,59335%60-23$477$1,416,2216Focus
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$27,436128%75-3$366$446,8652UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$12,72636%49-26$260$1,850,2779Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$5,178102%2721$192$6,283,47334Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$4,501-30%40-32$113$9,400,42613Summit
8Summer Wars$1,95060%3-3$650$68,2336GKIDS
9No One Killed Jessica$1,061-41%8-20$133$436,3844UTV Communications
10The Warrior's Way$95427%28-1$34$5,660,8599Relativity Media