Monday, April 15, 2024

Box Office: “Fault” Falls Short, But Still Takes Tom Cruise for a Ride


“The Fault in Our Stars” was a big hit over the weekend but not quite what everyone thought it would be. After a huge Friday night– $26.1 million– there was a tremendous fall off in ticket sales. Most films exponentially take in three times’ their Friday sales. But “Fault” finished with $48.2 million for three days. That first night included the $8 million previews from Thursday plus inflated ticket prices. Still, considering the movie cost $12 million — $20 million altogether, “Fault” is a winner on all fronts.

None of this was good news for Tom Cruise. “Edge of Tomorrow,” directed by Doug Liman, and a very cool movie at that, could not compete. The days of teenage girls weeping and swooning over Cruise are kinda over. The sci fi action thriller barely mustered $29.1 million for the weekend. Considering “Edge” has a pricetag of $200 million, that figure isn’t encouraging. Internationally, “Edge” isn’t doing much better. The foreign take is now $60 million.But again, Cruise’s big territories– South Korea, Russia, and Australia– haven’t seen the film.


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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