The Success of ‘Fault In Our Stars’

Source: Deadline (excerpt)

fault in our stars

BOX OFFICE: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Astronomical $50M+ Opening Knocks Tom Cruise Off ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

OPENING: The Fault In Our Stars (FOX), beyond wildest expectations with a possible $53M+ weekend (Fox says $52M) after what looks like a $26M+ gross…

…this is an incredible opening for a small-budgeted pic. The playability is a question for the subject matter, but it could end up as this generation’s Love Story. More later.

On the flip side, The Tom Cruise sci-fi action pic from Warner Bros., Edge of Tomorrow will be lucky to hit $30M but international numbers should lift it up … probably not high enough…

I gotta think this is not just about Cruise but also tentpole fatigue. I mean, at some point, audiences just gotta look at one after another of these pictures and say, ‘been there, done that.’ Perhaps, Hollywood needs to get back to its roots — the moviemaking of the 1940s or 1970s where story and characters were the key, not explosions and CGI effects. Speaking of which, Disney’s CGI-laden Maleficent is expected to drop about 50% in its second weekend out to take in about $4M more than the Cruise pic. Thanks, in large part, to Angelina Jolie who embraces her character with a vengeance…

hazelgracetfiostrailerA few weeks back when I took a week off, one of my colleagues talked about female appeal of Fox’s The Other Woman having a “well-rounded cast.” Now it’s my turn to talk about a well-rounded female cast … in a different way. I don’t know why Fox is looking outside the studio as it already has the strong woman it needs in Elizabeth Gabler. Sure, she had a best-selling book to work with but it was a love story with the C-word so a risk. She kept the budget in line and put it forward. She is already known for her great taste in movies that are quality and commercial (Life of Pi, The Devil Wears Prada). Another woman who deserves recognition for the perfectly-devised trailer is Cami Sargent (as I said below but worth repeating). Erin Siminoff was the day to day production person. Then there’s Shailene Woodley, who proved to all that saw the film that she can carry a movie and is a serious actress. Forget Divergent, this girl has chops…  (more at source)

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