The Fault In Our Stars powers to US No.1 ahead of Tom Cruise
Story by Jack Foley
The adaptation of John Green’s wildly popular book stars Shailene Woodley (of Divergent fame) and Ansel Elgort and follows two extraordinary teenagers who, after meeting at a cancer support group, go on an unforgettable journey together.
Fox distribution chief Chris Aronson said he was unsurprised by the success of the film and predicted that it could even enjoy sustained success.
“We knew we had the John Green fans engaged, and I think the question is how long will it take to cross over to the general all-audience. I think there’s a very good chance.”
A lot of the first weekend audience was made up of young females.
Fault‘s success came at the expense of Cruise’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow, which opened to an underwhelming $29.1 million despite strong reviews.
Hence, while Fault has already reclaimed its budget four times over, Tomorrow has some way to go to match the $178 million it cost to make. However, the news for the Cruise film was better internationally, where it has now taken $140.1 million – including China, where it placed No. 1 with $25 million, and Russia, where it earned $8.6 million.
Edge of Tomorrow‘s US figure, however, was only enough to place the film third at the box office, also behind Disney holdover Maleficent, which took a further $33.5 million for a US total of $127.4 million.
Internationally, the film’s haul has also now risen to $208.1 million and $335.5 million in total – the third-best gross for a live-action film starring Jolie behind Mr & Mrs Smith ($478 million) and Wanted ($342 million).
The US top five was rounded out by X-Men: Days of Future Past, which placed fourth in its third weekend, with $14.7 million for a US total of $189.1 million, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, which slipped to fifth with $7.2 million for a US total of $30.1 million.