Weekend Wrap Up: A Stellar Debut for “The Fault in Our Stars”

A stellar debut. Get it? Stellar…as in the adjectival form of star. The fault in our stars. Not bad, eh? But in all seriousness, this was an amazing weekend at the box office, as we had easily the most stunning debut of the year. While Tom Cruise in an epic sci-fi flick may have once been an instant blockbuster, such is not the case anymore. Romance ruled the day, as The Fault in Our Stars did mesmerizing numbers.

The Fault in Our Stars

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If I didn’t track and write about the box office, I honestly doubt I would’ve ever heard of this film. And if I had heard of it, I probably would’ve pegged it for an opening of, at best, $20 million. So color me astounded when I saw that it debuted to a huge $48.2 million. And I’m still blown away by that even after reading lots of predictions online, as I brushed them off as overblown hype-fueled predictions. Well, turns out, the hype was justified in this case.

What’s more, The Fault in Our Stars actually appears to be good. It has an 82% at Rotten Tomatoes, which is far better than the standard schmaltzy romantic drama. While I don’t expect the film to have legs–its Friday comprised a huge portion of its overall weekend–it at least might not crash quite as hard as other movies of its ilk. $100 should be a guarantee but we’ll see. A month ago, I doubted if this movie would hit $48.2 million in total, and now it has that after one weekend. Wow. Color me intrigued. I almost want to go see it just to see what all the fuss is about.

Our number one picture was not Edge of Tomorrow. And EOT wasn’t the runner up either. That spot went Maleficent, which fell 52% to $33.5 million. That drop pleases me, since I was worried this film would have decent legs and outgross the likes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla. Thankfully, with $127.4 million total, that’s not looking like the case right now. As it stands, a total around $175 looks likely. If you can’t tell, I don’t like Angelina Jolie, and I thought this movie looked creepy and unnecessary.

Edge of Tomorrow finally crops up in third, as despite great reviews, it could pull in a modest $29.1 million. That’s not necessarily a terrible opening, but it is a bit lower than Oblivion, and the critical reception did lead me to think it might open a bit better. Still, audience reaction seems positive, so it could be in store for good legs. Even it’s not, strong overseas grosses will likely bail this film out.

Continuing to fall, though not quite as hard as Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped 55% to $14.7 million. I continue to be disappointed by the lack of legs on this movie. I’m hoping that this entry reignites faith in the franchise and X-Men: Apocalypse will kill it at the box office. Still, DOFP has a strong total of $189.1 million. It’ll probably finish around $215 million.

The bad news continued for A Million Ways to Die in the West; it fell 57% to $7.2 million, raising its weak total to just $30.1 million. At least Seth McFarlane has Ted 2 to fall back on. Dropping 51%, Godzilla grossed $6 million this weekend. With a total of $185 million, it will need some kind of boost if it wants to crawl past $200 million. Neighbors held well, dipping 36% to $5.2 million. Give the comedy hit $137.8 million through five weeks.

Blended was down 50% to $4.1 million, bringing the low sum to just $36.5 million. Chef increased 36%, though it did roughly double its theatre count. Still, the low budget has grossed a solid $10.4 million so far after adding $2.6 million this weekend. Million Dollar Arm rounded out the top ten, falling 49% to $1.8 million. The Jon Hamm film has grossed $31.4 million to date.

And, also, since I haven’t touched on this yet in my box office blogs….I just wanna say that Frozen has now become the highest grossing film of 2013, thanks to an unbelievable run in Japan. Thank you, Disney and everyone involved, for making this wonderful film. Now, we don’t have to say the terrible Iron Man 3 was the highest grossing film of the year. This gif of Princess Anna conveys my excitement better than excitement ever could.

 

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