Fox 2000‘s The Fault In Our Stars just crossed $100M domestically to become one of the most profitable films released in 2014. On a $12M negative (not counting marketing and distribution costs), the film based on the best-selling John Green book is also besting Twilight’s opening in the UK and in Brazil. In fact, in Brazil, where the World Cup is in full swing, the tearjerker is on fire and remains the top market for overseas where it has earned $18.2M to date. And, how surprising is this? In Brazil, in 11 days it surpassed the lifetime gross of not only Twilight, but also The Hunger Games and Divergent (which featured Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as brother and sister). Fox can thank their international distribution team of Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus and their staff.
The international cume is now $64.9M a for a worldwide cume of over $165M. How cool is that for these two young actors? Elgort and Woodley’s stars have been rising and now they are certified international presences. Great news for the filmmakers who just signed Elgort in Van Cliburn. As my colleague Mike Fleming reported exclusively yesterday, Elgort will star in a movie about the famous Texas-born pianist who rose to prominence during the Cold War between Russia and the U.S. It’s also great news for Lionsgate Films, where Woodley and Elgort are currently shooting the Divergent sequel Insurgent. Elgort will next be seen in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opposite Adam Sandler. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Ansel Elgort, hot off the male lead of Augustus Waters in The Fault In Our Stars, has signed to play the title role in Van Cliburn, a feature that is being mounted by Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen along with Crystal City Entertainment in association with The Johnson Group. Godfrey and Bowen, who worked with Elgort on The Fault In Our Stars, will produce with Ari Daniel Pinchot and Robert M. Johnson is exec producer. Andrew Stern will write the script.
The film is based on the Howard Reich book Van Cliburn, and Elgort will play the pianist in his formative years when, at age 23 in 1958, he emerged from out of nowhere to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. It was the first time the tournament was held, and was organized by the USSR after it had caught up to the U.S. in the nuclear arms race and completed the first successful space launch with Sputnik. Nikita Khrushchev saw the competition as a way to lord Soviet superiority at a time when tensions between the two superpowers were sky high. The lanky pianist from Texas who graduated Juilliard but was taught by his neighborhood piano teacher mother, had a very unorthodox instinctive style that bowled won over the Russian judges and the proletariat crowd that followed every note of the competition. Although some tried to marginalize him so they could knock him from the competition, Cliburn made it to the finals. Judges, fearing exile to Siberia, brought in Khrushchev as they deliberated. The Soviet premier asked them if he was the best, and told them to give him the prize when they answered yes. This was credited with bridging the Cold War gap. Cliburn became a favorite among Russian audiences, and he played for U.S. presidents as well, until he abruptly stopped publicly performing in 1978. The one-time prodigy died last year of bone cancer at 78. Read More »
'The Fault In Our Stars' Movie Already A Success
A book adored by the right demographic, stars with big social media presence, a killer trailer and a savvy campaign by Fox has the movie poised for out-of-this-world box office. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.
Amid all the fevered attention for massive summer movies featuring mutant humans, giant lizards and an edgy tomorrow with Tom Cruise, a tragic little love story between two cancer survivors appears poised to have its own big run when it debuts later this week. That is, if the other love story that Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars has been carrying on with a legion of social-media users is any indicator of its incipient box-office heat when it finally opens Thursday overnight on a Rentrak-estimated 3,000 screens. There have been lots of bread crumbs on this trail, all leading to what seems likely to be a very big weekend for a small movie, with even traditional tracking companies suggesting it will bring in more than $30 million for a film that cost less than half that to make.
The film, which stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teens who meet in a cancer-support group, is based on a best-selling young-adult book of the same name by John Green. That book became a big hit in part because of Green’s own social-media chops: he and brother Hank are the brains and faces of Vlogbrothers, a 7-year-old YouTube site with 2.1 million subscribers. The brothers alternate entertaining, high-energy rants about a wide range of subjects; John Green, for instance, is currently asking followers to buy a team shirt from one of the 32 countries participating in the upcoming soccer World Cup, to raise money for sarcoma cancer research. Read More »
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort move from brother and sister in Divergent to cancer-afflicted teens who fall in love in Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars, the pic based on the best-selling novel by John Green. Here’s an extended trailer that follows the clip unveiled during the MTV Movie Awards two weeks ago. This one includes scenes of Mike Birbiglia’s character playing cheesy songs in the teen cancer support group where Hazel (Woodley) and Augustus (Elgort) meet, and we get a quick glimpse of Hazel’s parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell). Josh Boone directs the romantic drama, which opens June 6. Have a look:
Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars unveiled a new clip ahead of tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, featuring Shailene Woodley and her Divergent cast mate Ansel Elgort, who star as two teenagers afflicted by cancer who meet and fall in love. Josh Boone directs the romantic drama which hits theaters June 6: