Box Office Summary 08/06/14

Faulty Stars pay off

Box Office Summary 08/06/14

Faulty Stars pay off

By Terry King  @terryking_

Australia

The Fault in Our Stars rocketed into the number one spot with $3.7m, edging out, well Edge of Tomorrow. Edge managed to take $3.0m in its opening weekend. Maleficent continued strong with $2.7m ($8.1m total) in its second week.

X-Men: Days of Future Past held over nicely with $2.2m ($18.4m total), and a limited weekend run of advance screenings for How to Train Your Dragon 2 grabbed the family market with $2m.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens officially this weekend and based on these strong numbers, it'll take the number one spot next weekend easily. 

Around the World

Based on the best selling teen tragi-romance book, The Fault in Our Stars, opened confidently to $48m in the US ($65m worldwide). Having a firm readership and strong online presence helped things along nicely, but strong drops from Friday to Saturday are strong indicators that this one will be very front loaded.  Still, working from a $12m budget and with a worldwide figure close of something like $110m being achievable, it's a good effort all around.
Maleficent managed to hang onto to the second spot with $34.3m ($336m worldwide), it's yet to open in China and Japan and could end up hitting the $600m mark worldwide. 

Edge of Tomorrow fizzled in its U.S debut with $28.7m, that's lower than last years big budget sci-fi outing, Oblivion, also starring Tom Cruise. It opened to $37m and even that was considered a bit low. Despite very positive reviews (90% on Rotten Tomatoes), the film just failed to get the traction it needed for a big opening. Though the overseas box office is looking up a little more, with $111m ($139m worldwide) taken in the international scene it's possible good word of mouth saves the film from dropping too hard in the coming weeks.

X-Men: Days of Future Past held onto to fourth with $15.1m ($610m worldwide), while A Million Ways to Die in the West continued to fall off the charts fast with only $7.3m ($50m worldwide) in its second week of release. There is no chance the Seth Macfarlane comedy will make it to $100m worldwide now.  

 

Australian Box Office

1 The Fault in Our Stars $3.7m
2 Edge of Tomorrow $3.0m
3 Maleficent  $2.7m
4 X-Men: Days of Future Past $2.2m
5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $2.0m

U.S Box Office

1 The Fault in Our Stars $48.0m
2 Maleficent  $34.3m
3 Edge of Tomorrow $28.7m
4 X-Men: Days of Future Past $15.1m
5 A Million Ways to Die in the West $7.3m

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