Teens propel romantic cancer film to No. 1 in U.S.NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - “The Fault in Our Stars,” a heart-wrenching love story about teenagers who meet in a cancer support group, won over moviegoers with a stellar $48.2 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, handily beating the new Tom Cruise sci-fi action film “Edge of Tomorrow.”
“Edge of Tomorrow,” which cost about $175 million, had to settle for third place with $29.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.
“Maleficent,” starring Angelina Jolie in Walt Disney’s reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, took in $33.5 million from Friday through Sunday to finish second.
“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced for just $12 million, is based on John Green’s best-selling novel about a girl who wheels around a portable oxygen tank as she fights metastatic cancer, and her boyfriend who lost a leg to the disease. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, who played siblings in dystopian thriller “Divergent,” star as the couple. Fervent fans of the book turned the film into a social media phenomenon long before it hit theaters. The trailer was viewed more than 21 million times on YouTube, while Green, known for a YouTube video blog, tweeted to some 2.6 million followers.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is the latest film to tap into a teen frenzy surrounding a best-selling book, following blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight.” In fourth place, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” earned $14.7 million.