- "Fault In Our Stars" earned $48.2 million its first weekend
- "Maleficent" came in at No. 2
- Tom Cruise's sci-fi flick "Edge of Tomorrow" faltered and opened at No. 3
Cue the faux-surprise. Female-targeted films "A Fault in Our Stars" and "Maleficent" wiped the floor with the competition, forcing Tom Cruise's more teenage boy-friendly "Edge of Tomorrow" into a third-spot opening.
Women made up a staggering 82 percent of the opening-weekend audience for the adaptation of John Green's YA novel about teenage cancer patients -- comparatively, "Twilight's" initial audience was only 75 percent female. The film made $48.2 million, vaulting it alongside "Love Story" in the firmament of emotionally and financially resonant weepies. That's less than the $56 million "Divergent" made its first three days out, but that other Shailene Woodley-starring YA adaptation cost a whole lot more.
Of course, "Fault's" success will probably level out in the coming weeks once the film's steadfast fanbase decides that their eighth bawl-filled screening is enough. (It was a 52 percent drop from Friday to Saturday alone.) But even considering just this weekend, the adaptation is an unqualified success for Fox and stands as more not-quite-shocking evidence that when you target movies at a demographic that's typically underserved -- particularly in the summer months -- you can reap pretty big dividends. Especially when that demographic represents half of the world's population.
Another female-driven success, "Maleficent," dropped only 52 percent to snag second place with $33.5 million. With a two-week total of $127.4 million, the film is lagging behind other CG-heavy Disney reboots like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Oz: The Great and Powerful," both of which featured "Maleficent" director Robert Stromberg as their production designer. But with a strong international gross and still yet to open in the major Asian markets, the Jolie-starring fairy tale looks to be headed for a more-than-comfy global total somewhere in the half-a-billion range.
Despite good reviews and Cruise's 100-watt smirk, the sci-fi action flick "Edge of Tomorrow" disappointed with $29.1 million, $8 million less than the similarly packaged "Oblivion" did last year. Directed by Doug Liman, the film stars Cruise as a PR flunkey-turned-soldier who finds himself rebooting every time he dies. But even if Cruise can't outsprint a pair of young cancer victims to the top of the U.S. box office, he can still flex his Hollywood appeal overseas where "Edge" took the No. 1 spot with a much healthier $82 million.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" raked in another $14.7 million to make its total $189.1 million. In a superhero super-brawl, this means that "X-Men" will almost definitely end up making more than "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," but it'll have to work pretty hard to top "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Meanwhile Seth MacFarlane's "A Million Ways to Die in the West" continues to flounder after it had a hard time getting its gun out of the holster its first weekend. There were tumbleweeds in the movie theaters this week too, and its second-weekend gross of $7.2 million brings its total to a meager $30.1 million. It appears there isn't much gold in them thar hills.
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" — $7.2 million