Box office update: 'The Fault in Our Stars' prompts flow of tears and cash

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The teenaged protagonists of The Fault in Our Stars may be star-crossed, but their box-office performance is anything but. Millions of moviegoers whipped out their wallets and hankies, in that order, to catch Fox’s tear-jerking adaptation of John Green’s popular YA novel about a pair of amorous adolescents (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) battling cancer. The film added to its phenomenal $8.2 million Thursday-night take to bring its total to $26.1 million on Friday. That’s more than two-and-a-half times what Tom Cruise’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow managed.

It’s also more than Woodley’s other YA vehicle, Divergent, made on its first day of release. Green’s fanbase is an especially dedicated one, so it’s to be expected that the film’s success would be front-loaded; but with a projected opening weekend take of somewhere around $60 million, it’s still beyond impressive.

Tom Cruise probably didn’t catch The Fault in Our Stars, but one imagines he’s still a little lachrymose. Edge of Tomorrow, in which he stars as a soldier in the future who gets stuck in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop, only took in $10.7 million on Friday. That’s less than his previous film, Oblivion (another original sci-fi story) which made $13.3 million on its first day of release. With a blockbuster-sized budget — and well-reviewed performances from Cruise and Emily Blunt — this is definitely a disappointment for Warner Bros.

Disney’s Maleficent was right on Cruise’s tail with $10.1 million. That’s a significantly smaller second-week drop than other big-budget tentpoles like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla and it was enough to push Angelina Jolie’s first live-action film in four years past the $100-million mark. There’s a very good chance that the family-friendly Sleeping Beauty revamp will end up in the weekend’s second spot with something in the low $30 millions. Meanwhile, X-Men: Days of Future Past must have used Magneto’s powers to pull in even more coin, attracting an additional $4.5 million on Friday, bringing its grand total up to $178.9 million.

Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West rounds out the Top 5 with $2.2 million. That’s a 64 percent drop, which means its probably time to start fashioning a pine-box coffin for MacFarlane’s underperforming follow-up to the 2012 smash Ted.

1. The Fault in Our Stars — $26.1 million
2. Edge of Tomorrow — $10.7 million
3. Maleficent — $10.1 million
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past — $4.5 million
5. A Million Ways to Die in the West — $2.2 million

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