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Mania Box Office Report: Edged OUT

Fault Wins Weekend

By Robert T. Trate     June 08, 2014
Source: Box Office Mojo

Well this weekend went to the ladies as The Fault in our Stars took home of the box office. I feel bad as I opted for a restoration of John Carpenter’s Christine over seeing The Edge of Tomorrow. I think that is the major problem with June releases. The summer has officially begun and there are things to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be there for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy. I just knew that I could push The Edge of Tomorrow to, well, tomorrow. The rest of world didn’t have my choice. In fact they had the choice between a tragic love story and a time traveling sci-fi war pic. Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo had sound reasoning on why Tomorrow fell. 

Edge of Tomorrow took third place with an estimated $29.1 million. That's on par with recent sci-fi movies like Elysium ($29.8 million) and John Carter ($30.2 million), which is surely lower than Warner Bros. was hoping for this mega-budget movie. It's also noticeably lower than last year's Oblivion (also starring Tom Cruise) and Pacific Rim, both of which opened north of $37 million.

While critics have been praising the movie's originality, marketing wasn't really able to convey that point to average moviegoers. On a large scale, this looked like just another effects-heavy alien invasion movie, the likes of which arrive in theaters a few times a year. Audiences also had a bit of deja vu thanks to Cruise's presence here, as the movie's visuals seemed too close to last year's Oblivion. Finally, last year's Elysium beat Edge of Tomorrow to the punch with mechanical exoskeletons. On the surface, at least, Edge felt about as redundant as it gets”.

 

 

Rank

 

Movie

 

Weekend

 

Theaters

 

Average

 

Total

 

Budget

1

The Fault in our Stars

 

$48,200,000

3,173

$15,191

$48,200,000

$12

2

Maleficent

 

$33,523,000

3,948

$8,491

$127,370,000

$180

3

Edge of Tomorrow

 

$29,105,000

3,490

$8,340

$29,105,000

$178

4

X-Men:Days of Future Past

 

$14,700,000

3,639

$4,040

$189,101,000

$200

5

A Million Ways to Die in the West

 

$7,189,000

3,160

$2,275

$30,088,000

-

6

Godzilla

 

$5,950,000

3,110

$1,913

$185,043,000

$160

7

Neighbors

 

$5,201,000

2,674

$1,945

$137,801,000

$18

8

Blended

 

$4,050,000

2,928

$1,383

$36,509,000

$40

9

Chef

 

$2,600,000

1,298

$2,003

$10,362,000

-

10

Million Dollar Arm

 

$1,822,000

1,643

$1,109

$31,347,000

$25


This weekend we have 22 Jump Street, Rover, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Which will it be Maniacs?

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ElBaz13 6/8/2014 8:05:59 PM

What the hell happened to Amazing Spider-man 2?

nemesis1_57 6/8/2014 8:54:43 PM

Amazing Spider-Man bombed on all fronts even the Hans Zimmer score sucked. 

Muenster 6/8/2014 10:11:45 PM

Edge of Tomorrow does 29 million at home, but 112 million overseas. Never can tell what's going to be a hit and with whom.

davenetsoo 6/8/2014 10:54:13 PM

 I'm not surprised The Fault In Our Stars won the weekend.  It was the first movie in quite awhile that appealed to a young female teen audience primarily but the female demographic in general.  There's been one superhero/action/fantasy movie after another after another, box office fatigue sets in after awhile.  That's why movies like Fault & The Other Woman do so well, small budgets with strong box office numbers=profit, it's called counter programming.  Lack of buzz surrounding Edge of Tomorrow killed it, and it's not a sequel, it's an original film, pure sci-fi movies without an established name don't seem to do very well.  Hopefully strong word of mouth will keep it going next couple of weeks before Transformers hits at the end of the month.

As for Amazing Spider-Man 2 not showing it's box office earnings for the weekend, remember these are just estimates for the weekend and some studios after the movie has been out for awhile don't report the weekends earnings on Sunday.  When the actual figures come out on Monday evening you'll be able to see its gross for the weekend.

 
Dazzler 6/9/2014 4:38:39 AM

Edge of tomorrow was good, can't compete with the super hero movies it seems in America, looks like foreign will save it as usual.  I wish they did a nod to Groundhog's day in the movie however. 

 

Maleficent should get on my radar for next week I think. 

dalgoda 6/9/2014 5:17:53 AM

This sucks as EoT was my co favorite of the year so far with Cap 2.  I will be seeing it again in theaters.

hanso 6/9/2014 5:54:29 AM

AS2 probably earned around $1.5 million over the weekend so it wouldn't crack the top 10 anyway. It looks like it will top out close to $200 mil stateside.  Not sure on the foreign markets, but if it keeps playing well there it might make close to the same amount as AS1.

Edge of Tomorrow was cool, sucks about its box office.  Last few years, Cruise can't seem to gross $100 million in the US unless its Mission Impossible.  I hope it has legs for the summer, we need more new properties at the movies.

I'll be checking out How to Train Your Dragon 2 this weekend. 

 

ElBaz13 6/9/2014 6:03:33 AM

Tom Cruise shot himself in the foot by doing all the Xenu preaching. It started around 2005 - 2006 when he was going all crazy about it and since then, no hit movie except Ghost Protocol.

I think his craziness turned off a lot of fans.

ztigr 6/9/2014 6:30:22 AM

 EOT was better than Elysium, Oblivion, and all the other n's.  Fast moving original story.  I agree the trailers did not capture the uniqueness of the movie.  

moviefan71 6/9/2014 8:37:05 AM

@nemisis - totally agree about zimmer's score.  im a fan of his, and i though the score for the first one was excellent.  but the second one totally sucked (like the rest of the movie, as you put it).  very strange.  hopefully columbia will learn from their mistakes.  and zimmer will put some effort into the next one, assuming he's still around....

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