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Weekend box office: 'The Fault in Our Stars' stuns with huge opening

The Fault in Our Stars” is the latest young adult book to be turned into a hit movie, but this time around, it doesn’t revolve around a dystopian society. Rather, “The Fault in Our Stars” is a romance about two teens who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group. The girl, Hazel, relies on an oxygen tank to breathe, while the boy, Gus, has a prosthetic leg. The movie surpassed expectations this weekend as fans of the book and intrigued newbies flocked to theaters to see it. It grossed $48.2 million (that’s around the amount the much more action-packed YA-based movie, “Divergent”, opened with earlier this year), taking down last weekend’s number one movie, “Maleficent”, which fell to second.

Gus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) fall in love in "The Fault in Our Stars"
20th Century Fox

“The Fault in Our Stars” also performed better than “Edge of Tomorrow”, which was initially expected to be this weekend’s number one movie. Rather, the sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt opened in third with $29.1 million. That’s below expectations, especially considering the movie’s solid marketing strategy and the fantastic reviews it has received, calling it an action movie version of “Groundhog Day”.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “The Fault in Our Stars”: $48.2 million

2. “Maleficent”: $33.5 million

3. “Edge of Tomorrow”: $29.1 million

4. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: $14.7 million

5. “A Million Ways to Die in the West”: $7.1 million

6. “Godzilla”: $5.9 million

7. “Neighbors”: $5.2 million

8. “Blended”: $4.05 million

9. “Chef”: $2.6 million

10. “Million Dollar Arm”: $1.8 million

11. “Belle”: $765,000

12. “Rio 2”: $735,000

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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