The first weekend of June will see a three-way battle for first place when defending champion “Maleficent” faces off against “Edge of Tomorrow” and teen romance “The Fault in our Stars.”
But when the weekend ends, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise are both gonna be looking up at Shailene Woodley.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is based on John Green’s 2012 novel about two teenagers who fall in love after meeting in a cancer support group. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff. Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe also appear in the film.
The difficult subject may keep casual moviegoers away. But if everyone who read the novel shows up this weekend, Fox is looking at a big hit.
Playing at 3,173 locations,Fox is hoping for a $25 million weekend. I think that’s being very conservative. According to Fandango, “The Fault in our Stars” had the biggest advanced sales ever for a romance. That puts it ahead of “The Vow,” which earned $41.2 million on its opening weekend in 2012.
Star Shailene Woodley should bring people in as well, especially after “Divergent” became a modest hit earlier this year. That movie opened to over $54 million, much more than many people expected. With this in mind, “The Fault in our Stars” will stomp the competition with around $45 million this weekend.
At 3,490 locations, “Edge of Tomorrow” finds Tom Cruise battling alien invaders (again) while stuck in a time loop (think “Groundhog Day”). But before you dismiss ” Edge of Tomorrow” as another Tom Cruise “Meh” movie, you should know critics love this movie. As of Friday morning, the film has an impressive 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And according to Fandango, “Edge of Tomorrow” is outselling last year’s Tom Cruise adventure “Oblivion” ($37.1 million). While I don’t expect “Edge of Tomorrow” will open that high, $33 million is not out of the question.
“Edge of Tomorrow” is directed by Doug Liman, and co-stars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. And if you ask me, a lot of movies could use a little Emily Blunt. And just think, she was going to be Marvel’s Black Widow.
Anywho, I was hoping to see “Edge of Tomorrow” this weekend, but some family stuff came up. I probably won’t see it until next weekend at the earliest, so look for my review then.