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‘Fault in Our Stars’ Takes Top Spot in First June Box Office Opening

By Alyssa Pereira

Shailene Woodley is breaking out, thanks to The Fault in Our Stars. The film ranked in first place at the box office over the weekend at about $48 million nationwide, which is a bit higher than similar romantic hits like The Vow and Dear John, which were geared towards the same audience. The film is based on a book by the same name about two teens who are undergoing treatment for cancer and fall in love.

The initial trailer was well-received by the book’s fans, and as a result, Fault‘s audience was almost entirely young women (82% women, 79% under 25). Many moviegoers rushed out to see the film when it opened Thursday night, and interestingly enough, the Friday to Saturday drop turned out to be one of the steepest drops in viewership ever.

Edge of Tomorrow, a sci-fi alien epic starring Tom Cruise, was lauded for its original plotline, but was unable to turn that into viewers. Critics loved it (it has an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes), but moviegoers were a bit less enthusiastic about it. On the whole, it took in far less than last year’s Oblivion and Pacific Rim.

A Million Ways to Die in the West and Blended continued to plummet, proving comedies aren’t always as viable in the summer as some moviemakers thought—turns out they’re pretty hit-or-miss. Overseas, on the other hand, 22 Jump Street opened a week ahead of its U.S. release, and brought in three times what its predecessor, 21 Jump Street brought in. There might be hope in summer comedies yet.

Here’s the full box office (via Box Office Mojo):

1. The Fault in Our Stars $48,200,000
2. Maleficent $33,523,000
3. Edge of Tomorrow $29,105,000
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past $14,700,000
5. A Million Ways to Die in the West $7,189,000
6. Godzilla $5,950,000
7. Neighbors $5,201,000
8. Blended $4,050,000
9. Chef $2,600,000
10. Million Dollar Arm $1,822,000

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