'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 Sat, Sep. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$11,933,56234%2,330--$5,122$20,853,4831Disney
2Contagion$6,441,95539%3,2220$1,999$40,800,0892Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,426,69310%2,886--$1,534$8,436,1381FilmDistrict
4The Help$2,837,95046%3,01479$942$145,705,1606Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,923,764-3%2,408--$799$3,903,3951Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,815,80116%2,476--$733$3,381,4821Weinstein Company
7The Debt$1,368,63257%1,831-45$747$25,860,6293Focus
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,216,70362%2,340-547$520$170,960,1227Fox
9Warrior (2011)$1,153,90327%1,88314$613$9,203,6992Lionsgate
10Colombiana$1,001,19739%1,933-421$518$32,770,0874Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$844,37756%2,082-766$406$16,895,6673Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$770,561175%1,650-894$467$35,567,9385Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$711,42642%1,145-165$621$80,384,2498Warner Bros.
14The Smurfs$589,070129%1,419-558$415$137,197,3128Sony / Columbia
15Our Idiot Brother$572,32940%1,747-649$328$23,358,2044Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$498,79541%1,334-917$374$22,512,0124FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$492,59644%1,795-1535$274$16,622,2563Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$154,98218%1,5000$103$2,222,3852Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$444,508-1%230132$1,933$3,300,2802CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$314,22874%601-209$523$377,974,74410Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$260,28769%540-264$482$174,152,2219Paramount
4Cowboys & Aliens$239,46060%614-306$390$98,689,0568Universal
5Seven Days in Utopia$228,57223%437-118$523$3,447,8003Visio Entertainment
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$208,04877%306129$680$351,188,67112Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$199,65442%444-59$450$116,399,17311Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$174,35783%3485$501$79,129,90211Sony / Columbia
9Bad Teacher$143,24845%474378$302$99,306,42813Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$120,21569%266-40$452$6,241,7339Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$102,84543%307-67$335$36,787,5207Universal
1230 Minutes or Less$98,57941%291-355$339$36,846,4986Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$89,97934%302-353$298$42,085,1636Warner Bros. / New Line
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$77,021112%213-39$362$67,845,43414Fox
15One Day$64,90236%254-238$256$13,727,4045Focus
16Kung Fu Panda 2$43,930113%142-22$309$165,095,30417Paramount / DreamWorks
17Super 8$39,80445%159-44$250$126,844,61215Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$37,34742%154-397$243$21,125,9795Lionsgate
20Saving Private Perez$27,83320%116-49$240$1,293,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Green Lantern$24,71754%103-52$240$116,537,01414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,589121%490$971$12,803,74324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$29,23537%96-18$305$55,790,6439Sony / Screen Gems
3Monte Carlo$28,74392%46-23$625$23,115,87312Fox
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$21,73340%1916$1,144$148,5853Indomina Media
5Circumstance$20,42240%318$659$240,6434Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$15,36468%41-21$375$13,139,90617Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$10,09738%35-16$288$996,5688Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$6,80444%293$235$496,9948Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,29616%25-8$132$1,338,7228Lionsgate
10Project Nim$2,91864%176$172$381,57711Roadside Attractions
11Another Earth$2,65912%17-24$156$1,290,6809Fox Searchlight
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$54119%5-3$108$1,341,27510Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$79-46%1-4$79$4,9162Anchor Bay Films