B.O. Roundup, June 6-8: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Edges Out Tom Cruise

Sunday, 08 June 2014 08:49 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, June 6-8: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Edges Out Tom Cruise

An unlikely romance made hay at the box office this weekend, reminding us all that a summer blockbuster doesn't necessarily need transforming robots to fly.

The Fault In Our Stars is the weekend's biggest earner, sitting atop the box office heap with an estimated $48.2 million.  Edge of Tomorrow, meanwhile, settled for third place to the tune of $29.1 million.

The novel on which The Fault In Our Stars is based on isn't just a bestseller.  Both the book and its author, John Green, have inspired a degree of passion and fervency in readers, but this film adaptation had a tough row to hoe on account of its tonal rarity.  It is, after all, a love story about two teenage cancer patients.

But director Josh Boone's take on The Fault In Our Stars got a stamp of approval from critics and fans turned up in droves.  The tearjerker opened in 3,173 theaters, enjoying one of the best single days of the year so far with $26.1 million on Friday ($8.1 million of that first-day figure came from Thursday night showings).

So the YA adaptation is on course to surpass 20th Century Fox's projections of $40 million to $45 million for the weekend.  Not bad for a picture made for a production budget of $12 million. 

The Fault In Our Stars was aided by a shrewd nationwide mall tour, as well as the increasing popularity of Divergent star Shailene Woodley.

With last week's champ Maleficent coming in second place, Edge of Tomorrow debuted in third. 

Unlike The Fault In Our Stars, this was a costly summer movie, a Doug Liman-directed scifi spectacle complete with huge visual effects and a nifty hook.  Despite the visual firepower, Edge of Tomorrow couldn't quite muster blockbuster numbers from 3,490 theaters in North America.

Following Oblivion and Jack Reacher, this is another example of a the domestic audience's weariness of Tom Cruise.  But it's also a demonstration of his continued viability as a global movie star, since Edge of Tomorrow also collected an estimated $111 million in international markets.

Reviews for Edge of Tomorrow were positive and it's benefiting from solid word of mouth, but the concept was difficult for Warner Bros. to convey quickly in a TV spot.

Here are the top ten movies for the weekend of June 6th through 8th:

1. The Fault In Our Stars..............................................$48.2 million..............New Release

2. Maleficent..................................................................$33.5 million..............$127.3 million

3. Edge of Tomorrow....................................................$29.1 million..............New Release

4. X-Men: Days of Future Past.....................................$14.7 million..............$189.1 million

5. A Million Ways to Die in the West...........................$7.1 million................$30.0 million

6. Godzilla.....................................................................$5.9 million................$185.0 million

7. Neighbors..................................................................$5.2 million................$137.8 million

8. Blended.....................................................................$4.0 million................$36.5 million

9. Chef...........................................................................$2.6 million................$10.3 million

10. Million Dollar Arm..................................................$1.8 million................$31.3 million

Both The Fault In Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow will be facing serious competition in a matter of days, as heavy-hitting sequels How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street arrive in theaters this Friday.


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