Rounding out the weekend of June 8, 2014, The Fault in Our Stars dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.
Love conquers all this weekend as the tear inducing, romantic drama about cancer, The Fault in Our Stars, brings 20th Century Fox a big paycheck home. Earning itself $48 million, TFIOS is the third highest grossing opening weekend for a romantic drama of all time; behind 2013’s The Great Gatsby ($50 million) and Pearl Harbor ($59 million). It places sixth in teen romance as the Twilight saga stakes a claim in the top five in all positions.
Maleficent held her own. Placing second this weekend, Angie rounded up another $34.32 million to add to the honey pot. The live action Disney reimagination of the infamous villain has now grossed $128 million. Comparably in their second weekends, Alice in Wonderland took home $62 million, Snow White and the Huntsman $23 million, and Oz: The Great and Powerful $41 million.
Audiences had it out for Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt despite the positive critical praise for Edge of Tomorrow. The concept is great, the movie is fun, and the energy is spectacular, so what happened? Has Cruise’s street cred dropped due to his personal life? Emily Blunt isn’t well-known, but she’s known. Edge of Tomorrow only grossed $28.76 million, coming in third place. It’s sad to see something that is really great, adapted from an unknown property, get very little attention. And the upcoming releases – 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers 4 – are not going to give it the time of day it deserves.
Coming in fourth place is X-Men: Days of Future Past. Grossing a total of $15.15 million over the weekend, the latest mutant installment is now the third highest grossing movie in the series with $189.5 million. It is expected to overtake X2: X-Men United ($214 million) by the end of its run to place second.
And finally, capping off the top five for the weekend is A Million Ways to Die in the West. In its second weekend, the film dropped fairly hard by 56.3 percent. The Seth MacFarlane comedy grossed $7.34 million, which is pretty bad. Remember that time Ted earned $32 million in its second weekend? A Million Ways is expected to fall under $50 million by the time it leaves theaters; Ted grossed over $200 million.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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