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Weekend B.O. June 6-8 (The Power Of Teenage Girl Audiences, And A Question)

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act June 8, 2014 at 2:00PM

Girl power rules, as the collective forces beats out Tom Cruise
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The Fault In Our Stars

It goes without saying that I’m not a teenage girl, so I had no idea what the hell "The Fault In Our Stars" was all about, let alone even heard of it before. It’s a huge bestselling novel about teenage love and angst, involving two cancer-stricken teenagers, that evidently struck a chord with millions of teen girls.

Yet even after reading the premise of the book and film, I can’t believe that so many women would fall for something that is so obviously overly cloying, embarrassingly sentimental balderdash. But then again, I’m not a teenage girl, so what do I know? A friend of mine knew that it was going to be a big hit, when he walked out of a movie theater Friday afternoon, and saw a line of teen girls outside the theater, down the street, and around the block. It was such a big hit that it performed even better than what people expected.

"Stars" this weekend was No. 1, with a stunning $48.2 million million, which is almost $15 million more than what was the general consensus on what the film would make this weekend. And with a very modest $12 million budget, "Stars" is not only already profitable, but will become one of the most profitable films released this year, along with "Neighbors."

Which brings up a question I have just to ask, this being S & A and all. Is there a similar untapped market out there for films geared toward young black teenage girls? By that, I mean, sappy, sentimental, romantic dramedies for young black teenage girls; Essentially, if "Stars" was made with an all black cast, would it do well enough to be a big hit? I don’t see young black women going for this kind of sappy stuff, but then again, I’m not a young black teenage girl. You tell me.

Last week’s number one film, "Maleficent," dropped some 51%, to come in second, with a still very impressive $33.5 million, also proving the box office power of young female moviegoers.

The Tom Cruise/Doug Liman sci-fi "Edge of Tomorrow," which is, without a doubt, one of the best films and best reviewed films of the summer, came in third with $29 million. With a whopping reported $175 million budget, that’s a huge disappointment, and calls into question again, whether Tom Cruise is still a major move star, or if his appeal has faded over the years?

It’s a shame too since "Tomorrow" is easily one of his best films in years, and the best film that Liman has done. If the film had opened later in the year, instead of going up against other huge summer blockbusters, maybe it would have had a better chance. The only hope is that the foreign box-office, where Cruise is still considered a major movie star, can somewhat offset the lackluster performance of the film in the States. And it looks like that may be the film’s salvation, in terms of box office. The film had spectacular openings in Russia, Australia, Korea and China, with the biggest opening for any Cruise film in China and Russia. It opened up last week in 36 foreign territories, with a total, so far, of over $111 million.

As for "Belle," it’s in 11th place, with just over $7.5 million in 476 screens:

1) The Fault in our Stars Fox $48,200,000
2) Maleficent BV $33,523,000  Total: $127,370,000 
3) Edge of Tomorrow WB $29,105,000 
4) X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox $14,700,000 Total $189,101,000 
5) A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni. $7,189,000 Total $30,088,000 
6) Godzilla WB $5,950,000 Total  $185,043,000 
7) Neighbors Uni. $5,201,000 Total: $137,801,000 
8) Blended WB $4,050,000 Total $36,509,000 
9) Chef ORF $2,600,000 Total $10,362,000 
10) Million Dollar Arm BV $1,822,000 Total $31,347,000 
11) Belle FoxS $765,000 Total $7,579,000 

12) Rio 2 Fox $735,000 Total $125,645,000 

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