LOS ANGELES, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Young-adult romantic drama "The Fault in Our Stars" easily beat Tom Cruise's new action film "Edge of Tomorrow," topping the North American box office this weekend.
Fox's "The Fault in Our Stars" led the box office with a very strong debut of 48.2 million U.S. dollars from 3,173 locations, pushing last week's NO. 1 "Maleficent" down to the NO. 2 slot, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.
Following the success of "Divergent" last spring, "The Fault in Our Stars" represents the second strong box office performance for Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. The two, who played siblings in dystopian thriller "Divergent," star as the couple this time.
Adapted from John Green's 2012 wildly popular young-adult novel, "The Fault in Our Stars" explores the relationship between two teen cancer patients who meet in a cancer support group.
"The Fault in Our Stars" has already made back its 12 million dollars budget four times over. It is a success of a low-budget romance movie which earns an A CinemaScore and a 82 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Females made up about 82 percent of its audience and 79 percent of the audience was under the age of 25.
Warner's "Edge of Tomorrow" was far less impressive this weekend with a third place estimated start of 29.1 million dollars. Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, this sci-fi epic is about a battle between human beings and aliens. Cruise acts as a military spin doctor who finds himself on the battlefield, where he is forced to live the same day over and over again.
Compared with "The Fault in Our Stars," "Edge of Tomorrow" is really a block-buster, which cost the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow at least 178 million dollars to make.
The film grossed 4.2 million from IMAX locations, which represented 14.3 percent of this weekend's overall gross. 3D grosses were responsible for 47 percent of this total gross.
"Edge of Tomorrow" earned a B+ CinemaScore and an 89 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roughly about 61 percent of audiences heading to cinemas for the action was male moviegoers and 73 percent was over the age of 25.
Disney's "Maleficent" dropped to the second place, falling 52 percent in its second weekend to 33.5 million dollars. "Maleficent " surpassed the 100 million dollars mark on Friday and has grossed 127.4 million dollars in 10 days.
Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend, as estimated by studios, were "X-Men: Days Of Future Past " (14.7 million dollars), "A Million Ways To Doe In The West" (7.2 million), "Godzilla" (6 million), "Neighbors" (5.2 million), " Blended" (4.1 million), "Chef" (2.6 million) and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (1.9 million).