With a ton of help from young women, “The Fault in our Stars” easily took the top spot this weekend with over $48 million. But… the movie should have earned a lot more.
Things looked really good for the film after Thursday night and Friday showings brought in an incredible $26.2 million. Unfortunately, business imploded after that. The movie’s 52 percent Friday-to-Saturday dive is one of the steepest ever. Basically the movie earned 54 percent of its total weekend gross on Friday. Either everyone who wanted to see the movie saw it early, or word-of-mouth was weak.
And while “The Fault in our Stars” opened higher than other romantic hits like “The Vow” ($41.2 million) and “Dear John” ($30.5 million), Fault came in lower than Shailene Woodley’s other 2014 outing, “Divergent” ($54 million).
The movie’s audience was made up almost entirely of young women. According to Fox, the audience 82 percent female and 79 percent under the age of 25. I guess this means the other 18 percent were guy dragged kicking and screaming by their girlfriends/wives?
“The Fault in our Stars” will continue to drop in the coming weeks, but with a budget of roughly $12 million, Faul is already a hit.
In second place, “Maleficent” fell 52 percent to an estimated $33.5 million. That may sound like a big drop, but it’s actually better than some other recent big budget flicks. To date, “Maleficent” has earned $127.4 million, and $208 million overseas.
The bomb of the week award goes to “Edge of Tomorrow.” The film took third place with an estimated $29.1 million, noticeably lower than Tom Cruise’s 2013 sci-fi flick “Oblivion,” and “Pacific Rim” both of which opened around $37 million.
According to Warner Bros., Edge’s audience was 61 percent male and 73 percent over the age of 25. Showings in 3D accounted for 47 percent of ticket sales, while IMAX delivered $4.2 million. Film critics loved the movie (90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), while moviegoers awarded it a “B+” CinemaScore.
If this movie has any chance to turn a profit, it will come from the International market where it’s already earned $111 million.
Hopefully the disappointing debut doesn’t hurt Emily Blunt’s career too badly. As for Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible 5 can’t get here soon enough.
Your top five movies this weekend:
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
And coming next weekend: