Box Office Preview: “Fault in Our Stars” Soars Above Jolie, Cruise

"The Fault in Our Stars" (2014) - Box Office Preview - We Live Film

Fault in Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley Strikes Again in 2014

by Matt Marshall

Move over Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, there’s a new star soaring high this weekend. Divergent’s Shaliene Woodley is back with her highly anticipated second film of 2014.

Based on the novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars has generated an alarming amount of buzz among young adult readers. Woodley stars as a 16-year-old cancer patient forced to attended a support group. There, she finds another patient, who she falls in love with.

The Fault in Our Stars has received high praise from critics including We Live Film’s MovieManMenzel. He praised Fault for being  “such a smart film and with such a talented director.” Many other early reviews feel equally strong about the film. 

If Woodley can strike twice a second time this year, it’s a sure bet that she’ll transition into a household name in no time. Ironically, this would have been her third major film had her role  as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 been left in.

20th Century Fox feels confident, releasing Fault in the midst of some heavy weekends at the box office. With Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent last weekend and head-to-head with Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow, competition is tough. Still Fault’s appeals to its young demographic plays to its advantage. Neither film has the power to saturate this market unlike Fault.

Engagements for The Fault in Our Stars began Thursday night. The film opens Friday in 3,143 theaters and will take the weekend with at least a haul of $40 million.

SEE ALSO: The Fault in Our Stars – Review by MovieManMenzel

Tom Cruise has the missed the century mark several the past few years. The last time he made an impact at box office was in late 2011 with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. 2012’s Rock of Ages resulted in a flop of $38 million. Jack Reacher and Oblivion both finished around an adequate $80 million.

Edge of Tomorrow places Cruise at what can easily be spelled out as a summer hit. Though, it might not be that simple. In Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise is a soldier who continues to relive the same battle again and again. He meets up with Emily Blunt (Looper), who has encounter a similar recurrence. Together, they must stop the war.

While Cruise and Blunt are plastered over the marketing campaigns, Edge of Tomorrow isn’t expected to be one of summer’s largest films. Positively reviewed sci-fi films like District 9 and less positive Prometheus weren’t giant domestic successes. Edge of Tomorrow should follow suit with District 9, opening with a modest debut extended by stronger legs.

Edge of Tomorrow opened Thursday night before expanding Friday. At 3,490 theaters, Edge of Tomorrow may settle for just about $30 million. That’s good enough for second place this weekend.

Box Office Projections

1. The Fault in Our Stars (20th Century Fox) – $42.3 million (NR)

2. Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.) – $30.4 million (NR)

3. Maleficent (Buena Vista) – $25.7 million (1)

4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century Fox) – $15.3 million (2)

5. A Million Ways to Die in the West (Universal) – $7.9 million (3)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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