Summer doesn’t have to be all about superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend’s box office is a refreshing reminder that not everybody wants Transformers all the time. Fox 2000’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars is off to a stellar box office debut, as the adaptation of the beloved John Green book pulled in $26.1 million on Friday, putting the film on track for an incredible $50-$52 million opening weekend—at least; that’s a bigger opening day than Woodley’s large-scale sci-fi thriller Divergent. The film is benefitting from positive reviews, excellent buzz, and the popularity of its lead actress Shailene Woodley, as director Josh Boone’s $12 million movie about two cancer patients who fall in love is proving to be the box office surprise of the summer. We could see the mammoth opening coming over the past month or so, but even then early estimates were conservative, putting the opening weekend at somewhere between $35-$38 million. Instead, the pic is overperforming, leaving the one and only Tom Cruise in its wake as his also-excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow pulled in a so-so $10.6 million on Friday, putting the smart and thrilling pic on track for an opening weekend around $30 million.
Hit the jump for more on the Friday box office, including the full Top 5.