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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS RIDES TO THE TOP ON A FLOOD OF TEARS

June 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The success of a $12-million “weepie” targeting teenage girls must have brought tears (of joy) to the eyes of top 20th Century Fox executives as The Fault in Our Stars opened above expectations with $48.2 million, according to preliminary box office estimates. The film, which received mixed reviews, trounced Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow, which received some of the best reviews of the year and cost $175 million to make, according to several published reports. TheWrap.com noted that 82 percent of ticket buyers were women and 79 percent younger than 25. On Friday they gave it an A CinemaScore. By contrast, Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow proved to be an even sorrier disappointment than predicted, unable to crack even $30 million and opening in third place with $29.1 million behind Disney’s Maleficent with about $33.8 million (bringing the Angelina Jolie movie’s ten-day total to $127 million). IMAX screenings accounted for 14 percent of Edge of Tomorrow‘s total. It received a B+ grade from opening-night moviegoers polled by CinemaScore.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Rentrak:
1. The Fault in Our Stars, $48.2 million; 2. Maleficent, $33.5 million); 3. Edge of Tomorrow, $29.1 million); 4. X-Men: Days of Future Past, $14.7 million); 5. A Million Ways to Die in the West, $7.2 million; 6. Godzilla, $6 million; 7. Neighbors, $5.2 million; 8. Blended, $4.1 million; 9. Chef, $2.6 million; 10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, $1.9 million.