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Box Office: 20th Century Fox Crosses $3 Billion Worldwide

Box Office: 20th Century Fox Crosses $3 Billion WorldwideWell, that didn’t take long. Just days after Fox announced it was the first studio to cross the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office this year, the studio said today it has pushed past $3 billion in worldwide box office gross. Fox reached that number in record time, second only to 2010, when it crossed the milestone on June 30. Internationally, Fox crossed the $2 billion mark yesterday — the first studio to reach the milestone in 2014.
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BOX OFFICE: 20th Century Fox First To Cross $1 Billion Domestically

BOX OFFICE: 20th Century Fox First To Cross $1 Billion DomesticallyFox just announced that it was the first studio to cross the billion dollar mark at the box office this year with a total tally of $1.015B, thanks to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pushing it past that threshold this weekend with what is expected to be a $73M to $74M three-day. Image (8) x-men-days-of-future-past-trailer-final__140525164006.jpg for post 738691The tally, according to the studio, does not including Fox Searchlight. It does include, however, one of the biggest hits of the summer (and the year) — X-Men: Days of Future Past which has grossed a total of $229M+ since opening May 23 with a $90M three-day weekend.

Also kicking it for the studio was The Fault in Our Stars which has grossed a whopping $119M+ and was the sleeper hit of the summer so far, and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is at $152M+ after five weeks in release and is really a good family film. They also credit The Other Womafault-in-our-starsn, the female-driven comedy that starred Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton which is currently at $82.7M. They have also had some of the best quality films out there this year. Um, the last picture of Fox’s summer isn’t one of those: It is Let’s Be Cops, a modestly-budgeted buddy comedy starring Damon Wayans and Jake Johnson about two sociopaths who impersonate cops. It’s not expected to do much business … Read More »

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‘Fault In Our Stars’ Crosses $100M To Become One Of This Year’s Most Profitable Films

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 10:28am PDT

‘Fault In Our Stars’ Crosses $100M To Become One Of This Year’s Most Profitable FilmsFox 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 »

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‘Fault In Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort To Tickle The Ivories In Cold War Saga ‘Van Cliburn’

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‘Fault In Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort To Tickle The Ivories In Cold War Saga ‘Van Cliburn’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.

vancliburnThe 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 »

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Cancer Takes The Screen: Will ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Success Boost TV’s ‘Chasing Life’ & ‘Red Band Society’

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 7:31am PDT
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Cancer Takes The Screen: Will ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Success Boost TV’s ‘Chasing Life’ & ‘Red Band Society’How about this for an unexpected hot Hollywood trend: projects about young people afflicted – often terminally – with cancer. ABC Family’s new drama series Chasing Life – about a 24-year-old aspiring journalist who finds out she has leukemia – debuted on June 10. Only two days earlier, cancer teen romance The Fault In Our Stars became one of the sleeper hits of the summer, trouncing Tom Cruise’s big-budget sci-fi thriller Edge Of Tomorrow at the weekend box office. And coming this fall is Fox’s Red Band Society, a drama series about teens with serious illnesses, including cancer, living in a hospital. Given what a sensitive topic cancer is and how tough a sell it is commercially, it is pretty hard for any such project to see green light, so for three to get to the screen at the same time is pretty remarkable.

chasinglifeNeither Chasing Life nor Red Band had an easy road to the small screen. Both took years and went through two incarnations with different writers. Red Band also switched networks, from ABC to Fox. Both were based on formats – the successful Televisa Spanish-language Mexican series Terminales (Chasing Life) and acclaimed Spanish series Polseres Vermelles (Red Band). Not to take away from the U.S. producers who embraced the formats and the network executives who put the adaptations on the air, but it was foreign creators who broke the stigma and defied convention by believing that … Read More »

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’ Ends Weekend With $57M, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ No. 2 With $49.4M

FINAL BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’ Ends Weekend With $57M, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ No. 2 With $49.4M

OPENING: 22 Jump Street (SONY) looks like it may be $60M or a little under; How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) should come in around $50M.

Box office still-22-jump-street03_FotorFINAL UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:11 PM: It’s the morning after and the harsh reality has set in. 22 Jump Street came in below $60M at $57M (still pretty darn good) while How to Train Your Dragon 2 tallied $49.5M when dust cleared this morning. What happened? Father’s Day, good weather, NBA Finals, and Stanley Cup finals in the top two TV markets (take your pick) all suppressed Sunday moviegoing a bit. 22 Jump Street mid-week numbers will be interesting to watch as there is a great possibility that it’s already been there-done that with its core fans, but this weekend only sees the opening of the older demo Jersey Boys from Clint Eastwood and the Kevin Hart-Tim Story re-teaming with Think Like A Man 2.

Dragon 2, although it  didn’t open to higher numbers as expected,still is well-executed and the distribution date was well chosen. Expect it to keep playing straight through to mid-July when Planes: Fire & Rescue bows from Disney as families will be looking to it and to Maleficent until then. (Earth to Echo comes out in between). Edge of Tomorrow edged out Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars this weekend as the latter took a bad tumble, down 69% in its second weekend. Edge is actually holding fairly steady (-43%) but this is a big-budget bummer for Warner Bros. at the domestic box office. Here’s final chart for Father’s Day weekend:
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Bart & Fleming: Selling Summer Sleepers Like ‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ ‘Begin Again’ And ‘Boyhood’

By and | Sunday June 15, 2014 @ 11:39am PDT

FlemingBartColumn_badge__140510005503Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business.

faultinFleming: The success that Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 had with The Fault In Our Stars has me entertaining the unthinkable. Is it possible that between the giant lizards, robots and superheroes that populate studio tentpoles, there is room for thoughtful sleeper films in the summer? The Fault In Our Stars might be the most stirring summer sleeper success I can remember since 1990’s Ghost, another movie about loss. The Fault In Our Stars was particularly sad, young teens facing their mortality because of cancer, struggling to seize life while they can, and helpless parents who’ll never recover from outliving their kids. By the way, the big star is John Green, writer of the book. How’s that for a blockbuster formula in an escapist summer season? Next up is Jersey Boys, where the starpower comes solely from director Clint Eastwood and Frankie Valli’s famous falsetto!

jerseyboysBart: If John Green is unexpectedly the Man of the Moment, Clint Eastwood has every right to wonder how some of that zeitgeist can be transferred to Jersey Boys. Clint’s new film, out June 20, is not tracking well and his rather melancholy take on the brash … Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ’22 Jump Street’, No. 1, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ No. 2 Around $50M In Big Sequel Weekend

OPENING: 22 Jump Street (SONY) looks like it may be $60M or a little under; How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX) should come in around $50M.

Box office9th UPDATE, SUNDAY 7:15 AM: A softer-than-expected Saturday for moviegoing now has 22 Jump Street just a smidgen over or under $60M and How to Train Your Dragon 2 hovering around $50M+, yet those are still two good openings and account for a significant 60% of the Top Ten box office marketshare this AM. Jonah-Hill-Ice-Cube-and-Channing-Tatum-in-22-Jump-Street-2014-Movie-Image_Fotor_Fotor22 Jump Street started out strong Friday, front-loaded with the teens and 2o-somethings who had long anticipated this sequel. By yesterday’s matinees, it was clear that it was softening and looks like it dropped 26% from Friday (that includes that $5.5M late night Thursday). It becomes the second-biggest R-rated comedy behind Hangover II and grossed 65% higher than the first installment.

RELATED: International Box Office – ‘Godzilla’ thrashes again with $38 million weekend led by China

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World Cup Preview: Studios & Networks Play Games Too In Scheduling Around Global Mega-Event

World Cup Box Office PlansWhen France hosted – and ultimately won — the 1998 World Cup, Parisians were encouraged by the mayor’s office to be nice to our guests. Billboards went up all over town reminding us to smile and heartily say “Bonjour!” Many were skeptical, but that feeling changed quickly. This year, Brazilians, not known for the same frosty exterior as the French, are gearing up for their own World Cup as hosts (and favorites), but the atmosphere is not looking quite so warm. With preparations woefully behind, some stadiums not at completion and a general sense that too much money has been spent on the event, many locals are exasperated with the whole thing before it’s even begun. A crime wave has broken out in Rio and strikes have started with the threat of more looming. Despite all of this, it would be foolhardy to think the country won’t get behind its team and focus on the 12 pitches where the beautiful game will be played over the next month. world cupIndeed, all over the world, fans will start planning their days around kickoff times come Thursday with a projected 1 billion people tuning in to the opening Brazil vs Croatia match. That’s a lot of butts on couches and bar stools — and not in movie theater seats. With that in mind, here’s a look at how the studios strategize around the world where some countries embrace the sport as though it were a matter of life and death, and others don’t get so worked up.

It’s fair to say the U.S. falls into the latter category. Yet, there has been some movement in recent years. ESPN, which aired the Euro Cup in 2012 and the 2010 World Cup from South Africa, has seen increased ratings, and execs this week all but guaranteed additional growth this year (see the full U.S. TV schedule below). When the Americans tied England in the Group C opening game of the 2010 World Cup, a studio exec tells me it did lead to some effect on cinema-going. Roundly, though, while the studios have put the mega sporting event into their international strategic plans over the past decade, industry insiders contend they don’t pay too much mind to the tournament’s domestic impact. Despite the preponderance of kids who play the sport, soccer has just never been massive in the States.

Related: ESPN Says It’s Ready To Go With World Cup; Improved Ratings A “Foregone Conclusion”

With the major European national teams like Germany, France and Spain, box office is usually down by about 50%-60% in those markets if the home team is playing, and about 20% if they’re not. And yet, Hollywood doesn’t see having a major soccer year as a pass. As one exec says, “You don’t go, ‘it’s the Euro Cup, therefore we get to have a bad year.’ In theory, you might say, ‘It’s World Cup next year, if you’re really expecting us to do $2 billion international, it’s unrealistic.’” However, “Everyone expects it to work itself out. There are losers that were going to be losers anyway, they’re not casualties of the World Cup.” Read More »

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Intl Box Office: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ No. 1 With $81M; ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Shines Bright In Brazil, Mexico, Oz; ‘Maleficent’ Adds $61.7M; ‘X-Men’ Crosses $100M In China; More

Highlights: Edge Of Tomorrow (WB) loops $81M in 2nd frame for $111M overseas cume; Maleficent (DIS) spells another $61.7M; X-Men: Days Of Future Past (FOX) adds $41.1M, helps studio over $1.5B GBO mark; The Fault In Our Stars (FOX) twinkles with $16.5M in 17 markets; 22 Jump Street (SONY) uncovers $8.2M; Godzilla‘s cume is now $208.2 … MORE

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FINAL UPDATE, 7:30 PM PST: Grosses for the last film of the weekend, Godzilla, have been added below. All numbers final.

2nd UPDATE, 4:52 PM PST: Grosses are in on everything but Godzilla as we are still waiting to hear from Warner Bros. However, they did report for the Tom Cruise sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow. So, we have updated grosses for every other film but the Big Lizard, including Fox’s The Fault In Our Stars, Sony’s 22 Jump Street, Fox franchise X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Sony’s franchise player The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Uni’s ill-fated domestic comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West and their comedy success Neighbors, as well as Babysitting, Spanish Affairs, Her (which Uni is handling in South Korea), Fox’s The Other Woman and just got numbers in for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood which was a favorite at the Berlin Film Festival this year and has been winning awards at festivals Stateside, too. Uni is handling. All Final updated international numbers are below: Read More »

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DeadlineNow: ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Brightens Box Office (Video)

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 5:00pm PDT
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Box Office Breakdown

'The Fault In Our Stars' was a $12M-budgeted film whose frontloaded start carried it past the likes of Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. It runs into biggies '22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' this week. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

Related: FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Phenom $48M

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FINAL BOX OFFICE: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Phenom $48M; ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ $28.7M And Bows At No. 3 Behind Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT
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Box Office Breakdown

'The Fault In Our Stars' was a $12M-budgeted film whose frontloaded start carried it past the likes of Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. It runs into biggies '22 Jump Street' and 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' this week. Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

OPENING: The Fault In Our Stars (FOX), beyond expectations with a solid $48M; Edge Of Tomorrow (WBros.), $28.7M and expected at No. 3. Noteworthy: Chef (OPRD) respectable in expansion.

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x2065th UPDATE, MONDAY, 1:45 PM: Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars came in pretty much as we predicted on Friday night with $48M on a $12M negative cost (studio figures) for the three-day after a wild ride of a weekend for the teen tearjerker which had it tracking over $50M going into Saturday. The-Fault-In-Our-Stars-Official-Trailer-Video1_FotorThe film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, was front-loaded on Thursday and Friday by author John Green’s best-selling book’s superfans which enjoyed a $25 a pop ticket for a Q&A simulcast with the filmmakers and cast and a stellar $8.2M Thursday night. Then it slid hard on Saturday, falling off 52% and dipped about another 27% on Sunday. The question is how the film will play in its second weekend when Sony’s highly-anticipated 22 Jump Street comes into play with 20-somethings. Also, as we’ve been watching, will its star Jonah Hill ever go back to social media to help build fans for the weekend bow of his film?

edge-of-tomorrowEdge of Tomorrow never cracked $30M; it came in at $28.7M for Warner Bros. However, the film is currently enjoying a strong run overseas, especially in particular markets — China, Russia and Korea. The question remains does Tom Cruise have a solid audience anymore domestically? The sci-fi actioner, which played well on IMAX — accounting for a little over 14% of its total gross — debuted at No. 3 behind the second weekend of Disney’ Maleficent which took in $34.3M (dropping 51% in its sophomore frame). Angelina Jolie will be blasted out of the family circle when the fire-breathing How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in next weekend from DreamWorks Animation. The film is good. Read More »

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Deadline Now: ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Wins Weekend Box Office, Tony Awards, Tonys Vs. NBA Finals On TV (Video)

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 11:43am PDT
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Morning Report, Monday June 9

Weekend box office led by 'Fault In Our Stars'; Hugh Jackman and the Tony Awards take over CBS; NBA Finals Game 2 takes on the Tonys on Sunday TV. Dominic Patten reports.

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UPDATED: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Spectacular Friday, Matinees Exceptional, Stellar $8.2M Thursday; ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Yesterday’s News

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 8:54pm PDT

fault-in-our-stars3rd UPDATE, FRIDAY, 8:54 PM: As it stands now, Friday is shaping up to be huge at the box office for The Fault in Our Stars as the little picture that could from Fox 2000 looks like it may take home $25M tonight (includes that $8.2M late night and $25 tickets on the simulcast). Early estimates show that the picture’s three-day cume is on the high-end of $40M right now and could easily push past $50M. And that’s with an estimated 35% drop on Saturday. More later when more numbers come in, but right now, audiences are loving this movie to the moon and back.

Edge of Tomorrow — the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner — may come in at No. 3 for a $30M weekend behind Maleficent, which currently is tracking at around $32M. But the night is young. More to come late tonight. Read More »

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DeadlineNow: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Leads ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ At Domestic Box Office (Video)

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 3:43pm PDT
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Weekend Box Office Preview

The YA adaptation about a teenage cancer patient who finds love is off to a sizzling start, while the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner needs to make up ground. Weekend 2 of 'Maleficent' is a wild card. Deadline's Anita Busch reports.

Related: B.O. Preview: ‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Box Office Kickoff, NBA Finals TV Ratings, Jane Fonda At AFI (Video)

By | Friday June 6, 2014 @ 11:56am PDT
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Morning Report, Friday June 6

'The Fault In Our Stars' opens with $8.2 million in late-night screenings, dwarfing 'Edge Of Tomorrow'; Game 1 of NBA Finals dominates TV ratings, Jane Fonda feted with AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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DeadlineNow: Exhibitors Eye Alternative Content And Live Event Biz (Video)

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 4:08pm PDT
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Will 'Stars' Align For New Business Model?

Theater chains have long been counting on alternative content and live events as a way to bolster bottom lines. A special 'Fault In Our Stars' event tonight billed as the largest ever live simulcast experience might be a key test case. Deadline's David Lieberman reports.

Related: Cinemark CEO Talks Up Alternative Content And Live Event For ‘Fault In Our Stars’

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DeadlineNow: Tom Cruise Vs. Teenagers At Weekend Box Office (Video)

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 1:48pm PDT
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Weekend Box Office Preview

Tom Cruise's sci-fi movie 'Edge Of Tomorrow' is the latest summer tentpole to hit theaters, but will Fox's teen love story 'The Fault In Our Stars' steal its opening-weekend thunder? Deadline's Anita Busch and Dominic Patten discuss.

Related: Box Office: ‘Fault In Our Stars’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ & ‘Maleficent’ In Heated Competition

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BOX OFFICE PREVIEW: YA-Driven ‘Fault In Our Stars,’ Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ Second Weekend Of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ In Heated Competition

By | Thursday June 5, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT
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Box Office Preview

The YA adaptation about a teenage cancer patient who finds love is off to a sizzling start, while the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner needs to make up ground. Weekend 2 of 'Maleficent' is a wild card. Deadline's Anita Busch reports.

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Weekend Box Office Preview

Tom Cruise's sci-fi movie 'Edge Of Tomorrow' is the latest summer tentpole to hit theaters, but will Fox's teen love story 'The Fault In Our Stars' steal its opening-weekend thunder?

fault-in-our-stars-posterThis is one of those rare weekends, where two movies are opening and another is likely to play strong in its second frame so which might come out on top is a question mark. First off, Fox 2000′s highly-anticipated film based on the best-selling John Green book The Fault in Our Stars opens tonight at 9 p.m. plus it has a a live event going on tonight. That super fan event called “The Night Before Our Stars,” features a live simulcast with the film’s cast and author Green for a Q&A; that’s $25 bucks a pop in 650 theaters. Gotta give kudos to the marketing and distribution team at 20th Century Fox who have really been smart about handling this film. Social media for the picture has just blown up on it as well between the YA crowd but the buzz even has adults wanting to see the film. Having seen it, I gotta say Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a heck of a job, but once again, it’s a movie about cancer and for those of us who have experienced cancer in our families — and that is a wide swath of movie goers — it’s hard to watch. Is Fault In Our Stars this generation’s Love Story? It bows at 3,171 locales this weekend.

RELATED: Cinemark CEO talks Up Live Event For Fault In Our Stars

Edge of Tomorrow Tom CruiseTonight’s late nights combined with the live-event sales could push its gross to a high level going into the weekend. But, at the end of the day, it is a movie about kids dying from cancer … so that YA fever pitch and the live event is expected to front-load the late night grosses of the film. The question is how it will do on Saturday as it it likely to take a larger hit. Tracking on this film has it anywhere between a low-$30M and the high-end of $40M. So this pic could be No. 1 and beat Maleficent in its second weekend and also the Tom Cruise-starring Edge of Tomorrow, which opened overseas first last weekend in anticipation of its stateside bow.

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