'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, May. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$42,905,51947%4,3490$9,866$342,148,4092Disney
2Dark Shadows$10,849,57212%3,755--$2,889$20,523,0351Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$2,250,64543%2,05242$1,097$79,438,2474Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$1,856,04556%2,531-263$733$385,545,4338Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$1,625,57825%2,839-166$573$52,606,7794Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,308,47077%3,079-279$425$21,952,5663Sony / Columbia
7The Five-Year Engagement$1,297,34535%2,569-372$505$23,570,1303Universal
9Safe (2012)$553,53743%1,690-581$328$15,211,1303Lionsgate
10The Raven$546,73734%1,888-321$290$14,299,8393Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$460,11670%1,416-758$325$40,806,3805Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$400,99532%1,029-640$390$39,486,5155Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,080,87361%178151$6,072$2,825,5992Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$443,2329%322--$1,376$851,3661Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$281,77435%589-451$478$134,962,8919Sony / Columbia
4Mirror Mirror$222,18464%607-315$366$60,752,1047Relativity Media
5American Reunion$195,37534%521-335$375$55,958,9956Universal
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,72568%455-66$395$209,446,34011Universal
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$97,70787%260-43$376$102,495,14414Warner Bros. / New Line
8Wrath of the Titans$92,39628%265-450$349$81,939,9587Warner Bros.
9Lockout$82,16350%255-56$322$14,093,5225Open Road
10Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$77,72465%200-47$389$8,478,15410CBS Films
11The Artist$69,34175%751710$92$44,359,68025Weinstein Company
12Titanic 3D$58,77847%157-176$374$57,555,0916Paramount
13Bully (2012)$40,220-37%2630$153$2,833,6907Weinstein Company
14Safe House$34,00035%136-39$250$126,123,80014Universal
15A Thousand Words$32,82883%127-13$258$18,265,20410Paramount
16This Means War$28,58630%132-39$217$54,570,00813Fox
17The Vow$22,24135%111-46$200$125,000,53414Sony / Screen Gems
18Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$18,18757%110-33$165$34,993,47112Lionsgate
19Act of Valor$17,34442%118-75$147$69,891,52012Relativity Media
20Jeff Who Lives at Home$16,30534%11770$139$4,232,0399Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,941-11%49-1$1,346$1,343,6144Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sound of My Voice$23,14438%4618$503$171,0543Fox Searchlight
3The Road (2012)$22,38431%50--$448$39,5311Freestyle Releasing
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,555-34%340$516$18,767,71258Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$12,778122%23-7$556$1,165,1425Code Black Entertainment
6Casa de mi Padre$10,51036%56-12$188$5,883,7469Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,024143%67-8$135$133,054,68822Fox
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$7,48073%10--$748$11,7921UTV Communications
10Friends With Kids$5,76929%362$160$7,203,62610Roadside Attractions
11Project X (2012)$4,60517%40-32$115$54,720,39811Warner Bros.
12Red Tails$3,0388%9-3$338$49,865,82217Fox
13Coriolanus$2,12530%11-7$193$738,21817Weinstein Company
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,02488%12-5$169$43,452,29414Fox
15Undefeated$1,97832%130$152$540,01913Weinstein Company
16Blue Like Jazz$1,78648%11-9$162$586,8325Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$1,715118%6-6$286$201,6955Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$78215%2--$391$1,4621Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$39-90%2-3$20$3,014,29116Roadside Attractions