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article image'Fault in Our Stars' is beating expectations

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 6, 2014 in Entertainment
UPDATE: Not only did the tearjerker "Fault in Our Stars" open huge on Friday, it is also beating expectations. The $26 million haul for the film on Friday is better than the other film featuring its stars.
"Divergent" boasted an impressive $24 million on its first day. Now, the estimates are up to $55 million for "Fault in Our Stars" when the weekend plays out. It is proving that social media and the younger crowd do mix very well, and translate into box office.
"Edge of Tomorrow" is way behind and opened to $10.2 million Friday.
UPDATE: "Fault in Our Stars" got off to a strong start as it took in an estimated $8.2 million with the Thursday showings. That easily out-paced "Edge of Tomorrow," which took in $1.2 million.
EARLIER: Tom Cruise hopes tomorrow comes when it means going to his latest movie, "Edge of Tomorrow." But it will certainly be a tissue movie that keeps Cruise from the top.
"Fault in our Stars" stars two young actors who have already shared screen time together in "Divergent." Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are Hazel and Gus, who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.
In what is already being described as another "Groundhog Day," but with a war angle, "Edge" has William Cage (Cruise) living the same battle over and over again. But, with a catch. As if he is in a video game, the main character can change elements along the way, as if he is building lifelines or points — to get to the next level. The next level here is the next day, and life.
With Cruise and this big action movie, many will label it an epic or even a blockbuster, but tread lightly. In Cruise's big box office days, it would be, but it may be a tough sell simply by that premise. If one hates the idea of seeing the same scene over and over again, albeit a little different, this may blow itself up early on.
And perhaps more people said they saw and loved "Groundhog Day" than actually did. Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton also star. What could help it is the idea that it is not a sequel or a superhero film. It may be different enough to stand out, but also may be the perfect movie to simply ignore.
Weekend
1. "Edge of Tomorrow" - 3,490 theaters
2. "Fault In Our Stars" - 3,173 theaters
3. "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" - 4 theaters
4. "Obvious Child" - Limited
Now, back to "Fault in our Stars." It is exactly what one thinks. A Lifetime movie-style film aimed for the heartstrings. Based off the best-seller, it is meant to be a tear-jerker, while being predictable in nature, but it may just work — especially for the younger audiences. If early indicators play a role, it should be a big winner. The book was read by millions and early ticket sales are proving worthy.
Meanwhile, the popular small release success of "Chef" helped it grow to where it is now on 1,298 screens. And chock up a hot-button item with "Obvious Child," billed as a romantic comedy, with a unwed pregnancy angle. Jenny Slate stars.
In "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon," something screams, "Hollywood will love this one" A tale of an Hollywood insider with told by the stars themselves. This documentary has Mike Meyers behind it and love of show business in it.
It has also been announced that "Forrest Gump" will get a IMAX release in September.
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