Romantic drama ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ outshined Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ to open in the top spot at the domestic weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by movie tracking site Box Office Mojo on Monday.
Younger females flocked to watch ‘Stars,’ which is based on John Green’s best-selling novel about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love.
The film’s distributor, 20th Century Fox, reported 82 percent of the audience was female with 79 percent under the age of 25, according to Box Office Mojo.
‘The Fault in Our Stars’ grossed $48 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, a considerable haul since the movie’s budget was reportedly $12 million.
In contrast, sci-fi action epic ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ reportedly cost $178 million to make. ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ debuted at No. 3 with $29.1 million in ticket sales.
Last weekend’s No. 1 film, the Disney fairy tale ‘Maleficent’ with Angelina Jolie as the title character, dropped to No. 2 in its second weekend, earning $34.3 million for a total of $128.1 million since opening May 30.
Superhero sequel ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ fell two spots to No. 4 in its third weekend, earning $15.1 million for a total of $189.5 million since opening May 23.
Western comedy ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West,’ starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson, slipped two spots to No. 5 in its second weekend, earning $7.3 million for a total of $30.3 million since opening May 30.
FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASES
Two new films open nationwide Friday with special Thursday night screenings scheduled.
’22 Jump Street’ is the action comedy sequel to 2012’s ‘21 Jump Street,’ starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The two young police officers return, but instead of high school, they go undercover to investigate misdeeds at a college. Rated R. Watch the official trailer here.
‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is the animated action adventure sequel to the 2010 original. In the sequel, Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave home to hundreds of unknown wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider. The two soon find themselves in the midst of an epic battle for peace. Rated PG. Watch the official trailer here.
TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES
Two action thrillers are scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.
‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley, is an action thriller about a CIA analyst who uncovers a Russian plot designed to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. Based on the Tom Clancy character. Fifty-six percent of reviews were positive on movie review site Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film ‘offers a sleek, reasonably diverting reboot for a long-dormant franchise.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.
‘Non-Stop,’ starring Liam Neeson, is an action thriller about an air marshal who receives a series of text messages that threaten the lives of his fellow passengers unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account. Fifty-nine percent of reviews were positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which said the film featured a ‘solid premise and tense setup’ but ‘wastes its cast … on a poorly conceived story that hinges on a thoroughly unbelievable final act.’ Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.