Many expected 20th Century Fox's adaptation of John Green's bestselling novel "The Fault in Our Stars" to hit big.
No-one expected the story of teen cancer victims in love to hit as big as it has though. 'Fault' scored an opening day gross of $26.1 million (including the $8.2 million in Thursday previews).
That's one of the best opening days of the year, in fact 'Fault' stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort's much more hyped young adult franchise launcher "Divergent" had an opening day of $22.8 million in comparison back in March.
That film went on to a $54.1 million opening weekend gross, a number 'Fault' is expected to match, maybe even surpass. For a film budgeted at just $12 million, it's already well into the black.
Meanwhile, Tom Cruise's well reviewed sci-fi action thriller "Edge of Tomorrow" came in second with around $10.7 million on Friday, on its way to a sub-$30 million opening weekend. In fact, it's expected the second weekend result of "Maleficent" will take over the slot and push 'Edge' into third.
Part of the blame is being put on NBA and NHL finals taking place, undermining the film's core young male audience.
Source: Box-Office Mojo