Sunday, June 8, 2014

'The Fault in Our Stars' leads with stellar $48.2 million, Tom Cruise's 'Edge of Tomorrow' finished in third at weekend box office

Recently, YA adaptations have flooded the market. Earlier this year, Lionsgate's Divergent performed right in line with expectations, taking in around $148.8 million, which was enough for the studio to greenlight three sequels. However, the film didn't make as much money as The Hunger Games, which was a comparable title. Fox's The Fault in Our Stars became one of the first surprise hits of the summer and made a lot of money this weekend. The romantic drama took in $48.2 million and received an "A" Cinemascore at the same time. The film also added another $17 million overseas this weekend for a global opening around $65 million. However, it wasn't all good news for The Fault in Our Stars. It's Friday to Saturday drop was one of the largest in history, indicating that this is going to be an incredibly front-loaded film. I plan on seeing it in the near future, so stay posted for a review.

Disney's Maleficent fell 52% to second place this weekend and took in $33.5 million. The Angelina Jolie-starred fantasy flick has now taken in $127.3 million and is surely headed for a finish above $200 million. The film has also taken in a stellar $208.1 million overseas for a $335.4 million worldwide total. The film should tap out at around $500 million. Obviously, word of mouth has been solid and the film will continue with limited competition throughout the rest of this month.

Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow became one of the first major blockbusters to disappoint this summer, despite being one of the better ones out there. The brilliant action flick took in $29.1 million in third place this weekend and also received a so-so "B+" Cinemascore. Hopefully the lack of competition in June will help this film reach $100 million, but I'm not so sure. However, the news for Edge of Tomorrow was better overseas. The film has taken in $111 million after two weeks of release, with stellar openings in China and Russia happening this week. If the word of mouth can stay strong, and international grosses continue to impress, Edge of Tomorrow might be able to save itself with a $350 million global total. Expect a review of this movie up soon.

Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past finished in fourth place this weekend and took in $14.7 million. That's a pretty big 55% drop from last weekend. Expect the film to keep dropping from there. Days of Future Past has now grossed $189.1 million. A final total around $215 million seems likely. Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West landed in fifth place this weekend and took in an additional $7.1 million. As expected, the film fell off pretty quickly and has only grossed $30 million thus far. And with only an additional $20 million overseas, it looks like Universal will be taking a small loss on A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Godzilla ended up in sixth place this weekend with $5.9 million. The big monster blockbuster took a 50% plunge from last weekend and has now grossed $185 million. It's looking like this film will fall short of $200 million. If it does, it would be the first film to open above $90 million and not finish with more than $200 million. Universal's Neighbors took the seventh place spot and grossed $5.2 million. The raunchy comedy has taken in $137.8 million so far and will probably finish with $150 million. Not bad for an $18 million comedy.

Blended finished in eighth place with $4 million. The PG-13 Warner Bros. flop has now grossed a lackluster $36.5 million. It will probably end up with around $45 million. Meanwhile, Chef continued its stellar run this weekend, finishing in ninth place with $2.6 million. The film has taken in $10.3 million thus far. And finally, Million Dollar Arm rounded out the top ten with $1.8 million. The baseball flick has now grossed $31.3 million.

Next weekend, 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 will head into theaters. Here are my predictions:

1. How To Train Your Dragon 2- $94.5 million
2. 22 Jump Street- $57.6 million
3. Maleficent- $17.4 million
4. Edge of Tomorrow- $15.9 million
5. The Fault in Our Stars- $15.6 million
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past- $8.1 million
7. A Million Ways to Die in the West- $4.1 million
8. Godzilla- $3.4 million
9. Neighbors- $3.3 million
10. Chef- $2.4 million

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