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'A Fault In Our Stars' Knocks Out 'Edge Of Tomorrow' At The Box-Office

6/18/2014

Shailene Woodley's new romantic drama The Fault In Our Stars was the weekend's surprise winner, topping the box-office and easily knocking Edge Of Tomorrow into yesterday's news.

The film, which follows Hazel (Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort) who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. Augustus is in remission while Hazel's cancer is terminal. The two quickly develop a deep relationship and teach each other how to truly appreciate the life and world around them.

The film, based on a very popular young adult novel of the same name by John Green, managed to rake in $48.2 million, off of a relatively low $12 million budget, meaning that it made back its expenses four times over in three days of release.

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While Disney's Maleficent wasn't quite able to soar to the top spot two weeks in a row, it only got knocked down to second, taking in $33.5 million, bringing its two-week domestic total to $127 million, which isn't too far off from its $180 million budget.

While the film may not be the commercial mega-hit Disney enjoyed in 2013 with Frozen, Disney knows how to work a merchandising campaign that will likely make Maleficent a huge profit machine anyway.

Sadly, the latest Tom Cruise sci-fi epic Edge Of Tomorrow failed to win the day as so many thought it would, only snagging $29.1 million off of a $178 million budget.

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The film had a lot going against it when it came to marketing and advertisement, including that fact that its source material, a Japanese comic called All You Need Is Kill, didn't have a massive following and the film's premise was relatively "high concept", meaning it wasn't easy to explain everything in a minute-long trailer.

However, while the film didn't speak loudly to American audiences, it did well in foreign markets, taking in an additional $111 million, bringing its worldwide total to $140 million, so it won't be going down in history as an epic bomb by any definition.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which is being hailed by many as the best X-Men film in the entire franchise, moved down two spots into fourth, and took in $14.7 million, for a domestic total of $189.1 million.

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A Million Ways To Die In The West didn't gain any ground in its second weekend, dropping two more spots to fifth and taking in $7.1 million. Godzilla followed suit, dropping from fourth to sixth and taking home $5.9 million.

The raunchy comedy Neighbors managed to pull ahead of the Sandler comedy Blended, dropping only one spot from sixth to seventh and earning $5.3 million, while Blended tumbled three whole spots from fifth to eighth and only managed to earn $4 million.

Jon Favreau's acclaimed comedy Chef managed to hold on to its ninth-place sport for the third week in a row, taking home $2.6 million, while Disney's Million Dollar Arm dropped two sports from eighth to tenth with $1.8 million, rounding out the weekend's box-office top 10.

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 million
9. Chef - $2.6 million
10. Million Dollar Arm - $1.8 million

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