Sunday, May 19, 2024

Tom Cruise Conquered at Box Office By “Fault in Our Stars” Tearjerker


It’s not like the $10.65 million made last night by Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow” is so bad. But Cruise and company were literally swamped by the melodramatic tearjerker “The Fault in Our Stars.” The latter movie made $26.1 million on its opening night including $8 million from Thursday showings.

“Edge” just barely edged out Angelina Jolie in “Maleficent” which made $10.14 million on Friday night, starting its second weekend. “Maleficent” would have the edge today-Saturday- from a young audience. So it could be that Cruise ends the weekend at number 3.

“Fault” has a built in audience of teenage girls and young women who want to come and cry their eyes out. The first night had to be big big big. Will it sustain? Will any men go? That’s the question now. Estimates are $50 mil for the weekend.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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