BOX OFFICE: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Slides Hard Saturday But Still Phenom $48M+; ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Won’t Break $30M And Bows At No. 3

OPENING: The Fault In Our Stars (FOX), beyond expectations with around $48M after 52%  Saturday slide; Edge Of Tomorrow (WBros.), won’t crack $30M and expected at No. 3. Noteworthy: Chef (OPRD) respectable in expansion.

Box Office Weekend Results4th UPDATE, SUNDAY: 7:18 AM: This morning looks much like it did late last night. The Fault In Our Stars is hovering around $48M, having experienced a 52% Saturday slide. Blame it on the combo of the $25 tickets from the simulcast and that phenom $8.2M Thursday late night, but even still the math shows that even still it took a 29% hit. The simulcast brought in about $2.4M of Thursday. Regardless, the fact is that it’s still a heck of an opening weekend, driven by the young, female demo (82% of the audience). The romantic tearjerker grossed $12.6M on Saturday. Was waiting for Fox, but they just weighed in at 8:01 AM with $48.2M for the three-day, figuring as we did a 25% decline today. Next weekend, it is expected to take another hit, not necessarily because of the arrival of 22 Jump Street (debuting in the UK now) or How To Train Your Dragon 2, but because of the film’s subject matter. Kudos again to Fox for a job well done all the way around.

Read how Fault in Our Stars, Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, X-Men and other films did internationally here.

“The question is when will we cross over past the fan base and the odds are very good,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s president of domestic distribution. “It’s just a question of time. It was a unique property that was remarkably executed. It’s one of those rare times where everything came together flawlessly with every division throughout Fox.” Couldn’t agree more.

As I said, in the second spot was Disney’s Maleficent which is expected to end the weekend down 51% in its sophomore frame for a total three-day of around $33.6M (and will be impacted next weekend by the arrival of How To Train Your Dragon 2). After 10 days, its cume will be $127.6M and over $335M worldwide. Warner Bros.’ Edge of Tomorrow, the Tom Cruise tentpole whose stakes got stuck a little too deeply in the mud, will end up around $28.4M-$29.1M (depending on the percentage drop today) after a flat $10.4M Saturday. (more…)

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