'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

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1Thor: The Dark World$81,000,000--3,841--$21,088$81,000,0001Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,400,000-43%3,187-158$3,577$78,846,6263Paramount
3Last Vegas$11,300,000-31%3,08217$3,666$33,730,7362CBS Films
4Free Birds$11,200,000-29%3,7360$2,998$30,216,4512Relativity Media
5Ender's Game$10,000,000-63%3,4070$2,935$43,751,3002Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,300,000-35%2,720-304$3,051$231,014,4926Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$7,000,00046%1,144734$6,119$17,745,5814Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,700,000-32%2,646-375$2,154$90,882,0165Sony / Columbia
9About Time$5,000,000365%1,2001025$4,167$6,517,6732Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,700,000-35%1,836-594$1,471$109,876,1807Sony / Columbia

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