Box Office: ‘Fault in Our Stars’ Soars Past Tom Cruise With $48.2 Mil

the fault in our stars

“The Fault in Our Stars” launched to an astounding $48.2 million this weekend, justifying 20th Century Fox’s gamble that summer crowds would show up to a low-budget romance about cancer patients in the height of popcorn movie season.

The film eclipsed the $29.1 million take of the week’s other new premiere “Edge of Tomorrow.” Combined with the success of last spring’s “Divergent,” this  love story has solidified Shailene Woodley’s place on the A-list and has further demonstrated the power of young adult audiences. “The Fault in Our Stars” is based on a best-selling novel by John Green.

“Girls rule at the box office when a property like this resonates with a young female audience,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, said.

Initially, it appeared that “The Fault in Our Stars” might soar even higher, but the picture dropped sharply on Saturday, with grosses falling 52%.  The $12 million romantic drama screened in 3,171 theaters, and has now made back its production costs more than four times over in a single weekend.

“Edge of Tomorrow” was not so fortunate. Produced for $178 million, the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow film was well-reviewed, but struggled to find a toe-hold in a summer filled with special effects-fueled entertainments. Its debut is disappointing given the amount of time and treasure that went into its production. Its reception demonstrates the difficulty of launching a film that does not offer a globally recognized toy or comic book character.

Warner Bros. will now peg the film’s hopes of profitability on foreign crowds, where it is likely to pass the $100 million mark cumulatively at the international box office this weekend, and on word-of-mouth.

“Audiences are embracing it,” Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros., said. “As word-of-mouth spreads, our hope is that we’ll get to a place where we’re maximizing our audience.”

In its second week of release, Walt Disney’s “Maleficent” snagged runner-up position at the weekend box office, with $33.5 million across 3,948 locations.

Of the holdovers, Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” racked up $14.7  million, bringing its total to just shy of $190 million domestically, while Universal’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” fell 57% to $7.2 million. The Seth MacFarlane western parody has now racked up a middling $30.1 million domestically after two weeks of release.

Premium formats were major contributors to “Edge of Tomorrow’s” haul. Domestically, Imax screenings added $4.2 million to its take and overseas the wide screen format delivered $7.3 million. Likewise, 3D continued to rebound from the low point it hit last summer, delivering 47% of “Edge’s” domestic gross.

In limited release, Open Road Films’ “Chef” continued to impress. The Jon Favreau comedy about a food truck entrepreneur added $2.6 million to its gross after expanding from 624 to 1,298 locations. Its domestic total now stands at $10.4 million after five weeks. The studio said it will look to continue adding new locations next week, though the number of additional theaters has yet to be determined.

“It’s that counter-programming movie,” Jason Cassidy, president of marketing at Open Road Films, said. “It’s the film in the arena that’s broken through this summer. It’s serving that need for people with a brain who are interested in seeing something emotional and resonant.”

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  1. mightymad says:

    The only takeaway I got from this weekend results: Americans do not like Tom Cruise anymore. His best reviewed movie since “Ghost Protocol”, the huge majority of moviegoers who saw EoT loving it (me included)… yet the film cannot even break $30 millions stateside? Yes, “Faults” got a huge female following, but where are the fanboys out there craving for a decent sci-fi this summer – ’cause this is it!? It’s very hard not to see this as an indictment on Cruise’s personal believe – he managed to side-step that problem for almost a decade, but now it seems obvious that folks aren’t as willing to ignore what’s happening in his personal life as they were before. Kinda sad, ’cause, ultimately, he really doesn’t seem like a d*ck… and he usually makes really good movies, just like this one. I’m pretty certain EoT will make its money back eventually overseas, but I have no idea what it will take to make Tom Cruise a valuable commodity in the North American market in the future.

    • A Movie-Goer's Opinion says:

      Americans…and Canadians for that matter. Ticket buyers are still recuperating from Mr. Cruise (a) jumping up and down on Oprah’s sofa, (b) lipping off at Matt Lauer, (c) being ridiculously bad in ROCK OF AGES (a real stinker), and (d) appearing in a succession of films that seem awfully generic (ie. KNIGHT AND DAY, OBLIVION, JACK REACHER). It seems the only films whose titles contain the words “Mission” and “Impossible” stir any kind of interest. And that too may wane. Mr. Cruise was at one time a serious committed experimental actor – RAIN MAN, MAGNOLIA, BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY. With him now it’s all running and explosions and violence. I liked him in WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005)…and that is the last movie of his I’ve paid to see. I’ll catch EoT on VOD or dvd at some point, but he has very little cachet left in him. I think the culture has moved on. He needs to re-think his career.

  2. They said if this could be done someone would have did it along time ago . A 12 million dollar budget that could gross block buster numbers at the box office, and leave enough meet on the bone to give a blockbuster study legs going into a world wide opening. We are doing well on the international and domestic markets and there is no end in site . So for those of you who said that Hollywood was dead , think again. We’ll see you at the Oscars .

  3. Bill says:

    It was an excellent film but I think WB did a poor job of promotion, not unlike what happened in 2005 with Michael Bay’s “The Island.”

    Both Cruise and Blunt were excellent and this adds to Blunt’s wide repertoire – is there anything she can’t do?

  4. citizentm says:

    If they had made Edge on half that budget – which should have been possible – it would break even easily.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    Really liked the Cruise film. One of his best. Blunt was great too.

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