Edge of Tomorrow, The Fault in Our Stars, Tom Cruise at box office with $48.2 million
NEW YORK: In a box-office battle that pitted young versus old, female against male, modest drama versus big-budget spectacle, the teenage romance “The Fault in Our Stars” easily bested the time-shifting Tom Cruise action film “Edge of Tomorrow.”
With a $48.2 million domestic debut, “The Fault in Our Stars” thumped the $29.1 million opening for “Edge of Tomorrow,” according to studio estimates Sunday. It did so with a far less seasoned star in Shailene Woodley and a $12 million budget a fraction of the size of that for “Edge of Tomorrow,” made for approximately $175 million.
The results offered a stark illustration of shifting box-office trends. Whereas big-budget, male-oriented action films with stars like Cruise have long ruled the day at North American multiplexes, those movies are increasingly under siege from films ignited by passionate young female moviegoers.
“The notion of what is traditional summer fare is changing,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “Women and young girls are as vitally important to the box office in the summer as the young males, who Hollywood has courted and coveted for decades.”
“The Fault in Our Stars,” a highly-anticipated adaptation of John Green´s best-selling book, was in some ways another example of the power of young-adult fiction. But unlike “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games,” ´´The Fault in Our Stars” isn´t about science-fiction or fantasy, but is rather a more naturalistic drama about young love and cancer.