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411 Box Office Report: The Fault in our Stars Shines at #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.08.2014





Young adult fiction shocked the box office this weekend, as The Fault in our Stars dominated and stunned analysts for the #1 spot. The film opened with a staggering $48.2 million opening weekend. Pre-release tracking had the film opening somewhere in the mid-twenties, making this an enormous hit for 20th Century Fox and Temple Hill Entertainment. How much of a hit? The film's budget was $12 million, meaning that in the first three days this is hugely in the black. Shailene Woodley's status as a box office star is officially confirmed; this is her second #1 opening of the year following Divergent's $54.6 million opening in March. Fault averaged $15,191 from 3,173 theaters, which was actually a higher per-theater average than Divergent. The film has received good reviews and audiences gave it a great A CinemaScore, suggesting a strong run in successive weeks. Suffice it to say, this is a very happy Sunday at Fox.

Coming in at #2 was Maleficent, down one spot from last week. The Angelina Jolie-led fantasy tale brought in $33.5 million, an expected drop of 52%. That's a pretty good slip considering the film's overperformance last weekend. The movie has now grossed $127.4 million domestically and $335.5 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million.

Tom Cruise's sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow opened at #3 for the weekend with $29.1 million, which is about where Warner Bros. had projected it to finish. Don't think that they're not disappointed, though; the film is fighting a hefty budget and the opening weekend is below that of Cruise's last film in the genre, Oblivion ($37.1 million). The film has a few bright points, however; it has scored very well with critics and audiences seemed to like it with a B+ CinemaScore, which suggests it will have better legs than your average sci-fi film. Cruise's international box office appeal will also help; The film pulled in $111 million overseas for a total first weekend of $140.1 million. The budget was $178 million so it does have a ways to go, but it should end up in the black.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was down two spots to #4 in its third week with $14.7 million. The film has now grossed $189.1 million domestically and $533.5 million worldwide from a $200 million budget. The film is on par for a final domestic tally of around $220 million or so, which would put it just behind X-Men: The Last Stand's franchise-high total of $234.4 million.

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West followed up a disappointing opening weekend with a nasty fall in its second. The western comedy fell two spots to #5 with $7.2 million, a rough 57% drop from its opening numbers. That's a high drop both for comedies and for westerns, making this a thorough disappointment for MacFarlane. The movie has grossed $30.1 million domestically and $40.4 million worldwide on a $40 million budget.

Godzilla slipped two spots in its fourth weekend to #6 with $6 million. The giant monster film has now grossed $185 million domestically and $397.7 million worldwide from a $160 million budget. It is now the highest-grossing Godzilla film to date on both a domestic and worldwide scale. With China opening the film next week and Japan in July, it will only climb higher from here.

Neighbors was down just one spot in its fifth weekend, finishing at #7 with $5.2 million. The R-rated comedy has a domestic total of $137.8 million and a worldwide total of $217.1 million. The budget was just $18 million.

Adam Sandler's Blended dropped three spots to #8 in its third weekend with $4.1 million. The comedy has now grossed $36.5 million domestically and $38.6 million worldwide from a $40 million budget.

Jon Favreau's Chef held even for a third week at #9 with $2.6 million, up 36% from last week as it continued to expand nationwide. The culinary comedy has totaled $10.4 million to date.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 slipped three spots to #10 in its sixth weekend with $1.9 million. The film has grossed $196.3 million domestically and $699.8 worldwide on a $200 budget.

The weekend box office tally was $157 million, up 5% from last year's take of $149.3 million. That weekend was led by The Purge's $34.1 million opening weekend.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Fault in Our Stars - $48.2 million ($48.2 million total)
2. Maleficent - $33.5 million ($127.4 million total)
3. Edge of Tomorrow - $29.1 million ($29.1 million total)
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $14.7 million ($189.1 million total)
5. A Million Ways to Die in the West - $7.2 million ($30.1 million total)
6. Godzilla - $6 million ($185 million total)
7. Neighbors - $5.2 million ($137.8 million total)
8. Blended - $4.1 million ($36.5 million total)
9. Chef - $2.6 million ($10.4 million total)
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - $1.9 million ($196.3 million total)





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