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'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,064,000-41%3,22257$4,365$93,666,5303Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,000,000--2,511--$5,177$13,000,0001Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$11,013,000-31%3,35365$3,285$35,143,6622Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,600,000-50%3,2230$3,289$48,061,6432Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,000,000-60%3,5552$2,813$51,802,2642Fox
6Dark Skies$8,850,000--2,313--$3,826$8,850,0001Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$6,051,000-3%2,012-190$3,007$107,476,14615Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,750,000-46%2,644-253$1,797$58,168,0534Lionsgate / Summit
9Side Effects (2013)$3,511,000-44%2,070-535$1,696$25,253,5163Open Road
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,410,000-55%2,9500$1,156$16,372,2652Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,250,000-25%1,197-330$1,880$91,558,99110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,640,000-53%1,425-678$1,151$52,900,5545Paramount
13Mama$1,163,000-57%1,163-485$1,000$70,219,6706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,965,000-10%802-101$2,450$129,791,33720Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,550,000-1%572-75$2,710$113,469,76014Fox
3Lincoln$1,495,000-9%875-132$1,709$178,617,49016Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,192,000-9%35623$3,348$8,911,0647Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$1,036,000-32%659-358$1,572$158,847,7759Weinstein Company
6Amour$816,46816%32822$2,489$5,247,52410Sony Pictures Classics
7Les Miserables (2012)$657,000-24%462-214$1,422$146,718,8659Universal
8Wreck-It Ralph$648,000-18%402-104$1,612$186,678,54117Disney
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$545,000-45%388-217$1,405$300,946,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
10Bless Me, Ultima$502,562--263--$1,911$502,5621Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$370,000-12%305-33$1,213$102,016,94714Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$320,000-35%381-222$840$75,795,7839Fox
13The Impossible$288,000-40%273-149$1,055$18,051,48310Lionsgate / Summit
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$210,000-26%223-31$942$292,120,43115Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$205,000-31%302-38$679$39,866,7047Open Road
16The Guilt Trip$135,000161%18698$726$36,959,06410Paramount
17Parker$95,000-79%212-493$448$17,337,7705FilmDistrict
18Jack Reacher$77,000-40%100-75$770$79,472,47210Paramount
19The Last Stand$56,000117%11460$491$12,027,0056Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Gatekeepers$153,596240%1915$8,084$400,4364Sony Pictures Classics
2No (2013)$82,35415%62$13,726$194,6362Sony Pictures Classics
3Hyde Park on Hudson$61,811-39%65-21$951$6,124,89612Focus
4This is 40$49,000-51%96-71$510$67,524,41510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$35,000-67%41-78$854$3,263,6294Lionsgate / Roadside
6Like Someone in Love$22,8765%96$2,542$57,0102IFC Films
7Koch$22,569-40%9-2$2,508$169,6154Zeitgeist Films
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,000-67%44-52$455$34,333,2948Lionsgate
9Anna Karenina (2012)$18,524-55%28-23$662$12,804,83415Focus
10Chasing Ice$12,697--17--$747$1,212,29616Submarine Deluxe