It was another solid weekend at the box office, unless, that is, your name is Tom Cruise, who just can’t catch a break in North America at the moment. Here’s what went down.
The successful Young Adult novel The Fault In The Stars translated to big money at the box office, bringing in $48.2 million to debut at number one at the box office. With a budget of just $12 million, clearly the flick can be considered a massive success in its first three days in release. Everything else is gravy from hereon in. Delicious, delicious gravy.
Unfortunately for Tom Cruise, he probably needs to borrow gravy from some of his Hollywood pals, as his Edge of Tomorrow could only muster up a lacklustre $29 million to open at at number three. It’s time for Cruise to wake up and embrace the fact that, unless he’s in a Mission: Impossible film, his name doesn’t mean much at the box office at the moment. Rather than be dejected, he should take the opportunity to grab supporting roles in interesting, character-driven films that can remind folks that he’s a great actor. Better yet, hook up with the Marvel people for a film, but play the bad guy or score a cameo and rebuild his brand as a cool, go-to actor.
As for the rest of the top five, Maleficent dropped to number two with $33.5 million; X-Men: Days of Future Past was in fourth with $14.7 million, while A Million Ways To Die In The West closed things out in fifth with $7 million.
So, to recap, here were our (jet-lagged induced) predictions:
1) The Fault In Our Stars – $40 million
2) Edge of Tomorrow – $35 million
3) Maleficent – $32 million
4) X-Men: Days of Future Past – $20 million
5) Godzilla – $10 million
And here’s how the weekend turned out:
1) The Fault In Our Stars – $48.2 million
2) Maleficent – $33.5 million
3) Edge of Tomorrow – $29 million
4) X-Men: Days of Future Past – $14.7 million
5) A Million Ways To Die In The West – $7 million
Next weekend sees the release of 22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see how predictions.