The stars had nothing to do with this weekend’s box office results. Based on an absurdly popular Young Adult novel, one movie was sure to do big business. Another, whose marketing made it look like a generic sci-fi action flick, didn’t fare so well.
The top spot this weekend went to ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘. Teenage girls flocked to theaters (mostly on Friday) to see the YA adaptation, resulting in a huge $48.2 million debut. The romance movie about two teens battling cancer pulled in more than 50% of its total on Friday alone, which points to a steep drop-off in future weeks. Overseas, the film earned $17 million from three big markets and opens in another 19 markets next weekend.
Disney’s ‘Maleficent‘ suffered a 51% decline over its second weekend. That’s not too bad for a summer movie, but isn’t great for a (supposed) family film. The $33.5 million it earned pushed its ten-day domestic total up to $127.3 million. Overseas, ‘Maleficent’ has already grossed $208.1 million and still has a couple more major markets to go. For a movie made with a production budget of $180 million, the domestic outcome so far doesn’t look all that great. Were it not for its ‘Sleeping Beauty’ tie-ins, ‘Maleficent’ would likely be even more stagnant.
Debuting in the #3 spot was ‘Edge of Tomorrow‘. Despite critical praise, the Tom Cruise vehicle only pulled in $29.1 million – and that’s even with the help of 3D ticket sales (47% of the earnings came from 3D viewings) and IMAX 3D showings (which is where $4.2 million of its debut came from). With a pricy $178 million budget, the underperforming debut is a very low blow for the film. Luckily, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is doing just fine overseas. While some markets are mild, others are eating the movie up. As of now, including the one-week head start in some areas, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ has earned $111 million overseas.
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ dropped to the #4 spot, adding another $14.7 million to its domestic run. The 17-day domestic total for this $200 million comic book epic is now up to $189.1 million. Overseas, the seventh installment of the franchise has whipped up $420.5 million.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West‘. The comedic Western dropped a nasty 57%. Its ten-day total sits at just $30 million, which is $24 million below what MacFarlane’s ‘Ted‘ made in its first three days. Overseas, the film has earned $20 million.
Opening numbers have yet to be announced for Clark Gregg’s indie comedy ‘Trust Me‘.
1. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ (Fox) – $48,200,000
2. ‘Maleficent’ (Buena Vista) – $33,523,000
3. ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (Warner Bros.) – $29,105,000
4. ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (Fox) – $14,700,000
5. ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ (Universal) – $7,189,000
6. ‘Godzilla’ (Warner Bros.) – $5,950,000
7. ‘Neighbors’ (Universal) – $5,201,000
8. ‘Blended’ (Warner Bros.) – $4,050,000
9. ‘Chef’ (Open Road) – $2,600,000
10. ‘Million Dollar Arm’ (Buena Vista) – $1,822,000