LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Chloe Grace Moretz's "If I Stay" has launched solidly, drawing $1.1 million from Thursday night shows at the U.S. box office.
The YA tearjerker, backed by Warner Bros./New Line and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, has been forecast to take in $18 million to $20 million in 2,902 locations this weekend. The initial Thursday night numbers for shows at 7 p.m. on indicate that "Stay," directed by R.J. Cutler and based on the popular Gayle Foreman novel, will finish the weekend in that area.
"Stay" is expected to top The Weinstein Co.'s launch of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," which is bowing at 2,894 locations. The noir sequel to 2005's "Sin City" opened with $475,000 on Thursday night for shows at 9 p.m. on.
Projections have placed "A Dame to Kill For" at $15 million for the opening weekend.
Marvel/Disney's fourth weekend of "Guardians and the Galaxy" and Paramount's third weekend of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" should also each bring in between $14 million and $15 million during the weekend.
Sony's launch of football drama "When the Game Stands Tall" took in $425,000 on Thursday night from 2,180 locations from 7 p.m. showings. In April, Lionsgate's "Draft Day" opened with $350,000 on Thursday night on its way to a $9.7 million opening weekend.
"When the Game Stands Tall" has been forecast to finish between $8 million and $10 million in 2,670 locations.