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John Green's Enthusiastic Fan Base Bodes Well for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 3, 2014 at 11:54AM

John Green's fans love him. As in, LOVE him. The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.
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John Green, author of the best-selling "The Fault in Our Stars."
John Green, author of the best-selling "The Fault in Our Stars."

John Green's fans love him.  As in, LOVE him.  The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.

Which means that the Friday release of the film version of "The Fault in Our Stars," based on Green's novel about two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group and fall in love, is going to be (in the inimitable words of Joe Biden) a BFD.

In fact, according to Fandango, "Fault" has already broken the company's record to become the biggest pre-selling love story ticket ever.  (The previous titleholder was Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams's 2012 "The Vow.")  Fandango also notes that "Fault" is the most-anticipated film of this weekend (with "Edge of Tomorrow" and "Maleficent" close behind).  

Apparently, the ticket sales company also performed a survey of over 1,000 users who bought advance seats for "Fault in Our Stars," and the results point to very promising box office numbers for the big-screen romance:

  • 81% said they had read Green's novel
  • 80% said they planned to see "Fault" with a group of friends
  • 77% saw "Divergent" (which paired "Fault" stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) in theaters
  • 64% said that Shailene Woodley was a motivating factor in buying a ticket for the film

As they say, this is gonna be big.  And thankfully, while Fox was obviously banking on a pre-sold hit, the movie's not a sequel and it's not a superhero story.  It might be time to buy some shares of Kleenex, because their sales are bound to do quite well this weekend.

This article is related to: Shailene Woodley, Twitter, YouTube, Box Office, Box Office, Twentieth Century Fox, Romance, Books


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.