Weekend Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Shines with $48.2 Million; EDGE OF TOMORROW Falls Flat

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After a stellar launch, The Fault in Our Stars fell back to Earth a bit on Saturday.  In the grand tradition of front-loaded teen fare before it, the romantic drama leveled off as the weekend progressed.  Fox is now reporting estimated earnings of $48.2 million for the three-day weekend instead of the $55 million or higher that looked likely yesterday.  Meanwhile, the news did not get better for Edge of Tomorrow overnight.  The well-reviewed sci-fi pic earned an estimated $29.1 million from 3,490 locations, or a bit more than Non-Stop brought in its own debut… at the end of February.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Fault in Our Stars $48,200,000 $48.2
2.  Maleficent $33,523,000 $127.3
3.  Edge of Tomorrow $29,105,000 $29.1
4.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $14,700,000 $189.1
5.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $7,200,000 $30.1
6.  Godzilla $5,950,000 $185
7.  Neighbors $5,200,000 $137.8
8.  Blended $4,050,000 $36.5
9.  Chef $2,600,000 $10.3
10.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $1,900,000 $196.2

Full story after the jump.

TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

EDGE OF TOMORROW Review

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In almost every action movie, the hero never dies.  If he does die, he’s always alive at the end.  He is immortal by default.  Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow provides a sly commentary not only on the action genre, but also touches on notions of destiny, providence, choice, and sacrifice.  However, its most intriguing aspect is how it aligns with the career of its ageless, persevering star.  Tom Cruise is the eternal action star, who is both dominant in and yet trapped by his career circumstances.  His captivating performance in Edge of Tomorrow is both reflective and fresh as he doesn’t distract from the fascinating, exciting film, but his presence gives an extra pop to a film that will bring you back for repeat viewings.

New EDGE OF TOMORROW Clips and 5 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of four Edge of Tomorrow clips and five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from director Doug Liman’s upcoming sci-fi actioner.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who keeps being killed during a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race, only to wake up and relive the same day over and over again.  In order to perhaps change his fate and save humanity, he works with a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt) to train himself to become a better soldier.  Early response to the pic has been highly positive, and all of the trailers have teased a thrilling and fascinating sci-fi yarn.  As a big Cruise fan myself, I’m very much looking forward to seeing this one in a couple of weeks.

Hit the jump to check out the Edge of Tomorrow movie clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Bill PaxtonBrendan GleesonNoah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony Way.  Edge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

27 New EDGE OF TOMORROW Images Featuring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson

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The stars of Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow are gearing up for their globe-trotting world premiere in just a couple of days, and the marketing has been ramping up with a recently released featurette and trailer.  Today we’ve got 27 new images from the film to share with you which feature great new action-packed looks at Tom CruiseEmily BluntBill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson.  Exo-suits are the new black.

Also starring Noah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Tom Cruise Keeps Dying in Excellent New EDGE OF TOMORROW Trailer

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Fresh off this morning’s behind-the-scenes featurette, Warner Bros. has released a fantastic new Edge of Tomorrow trailer for director Doug Liman’s upcoming sci-fi actioner.  Tom Cruise plays a military officer who keeps being killed during a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race, only to wake up and relive the same day over and over again.  In order to perhaps change his fate and save humanity, he works with a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt) to train himself to become a better soldier.  The premise itself is fascinating enough, but this trailer shows more of the relationship between Cruise’s cowardly character and Blunt’s warrior as the two are in training, and it looks incredibly promising.  I also really like the aesthetic that Liman has settled on for the film, and the set pieces look absolutely thrilling.

Hit the jump to watch the new Edge of Tomorrow trailer.  The film also stars Bill PaxtonBrendan GleesonNoah TaylorKick GurryDragomir MrsicCharlotte RielyJonas ArmstrongFranz DramehMasayoshi Haneda, and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

New Featurette for EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

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A new featurette has been released for Edge of Tomorrow.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier, and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt.  In the featurette, Blunt explains that her character once had the same ability, and while she eventually lost it, it allowed her to become a much better soldier.  Now she’s going to train Cruise’s character, which involves killing him a lot.  This makes the exercise seem like a video game: every time you die, you get better.  Tom Cruise is Super Meat Boy.

Hit the jump to check out the Edge of Tomorrow featurette.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th, and also stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riely, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, and Tony Way.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt Race Against the Clock for EDGE OF TOMORROW with Three Premieres in Three Countries in the Same Day

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Warner Bros.’ sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow is set to debut on screens in less than a month, but stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are gearing up for the premiere in a big way.  Make that, “premieres.”  The pair are set to race against the clock as they’ll attend three premieres in three countries all in the same day.  If you aren’t lucky enough to attend the premieres in London, Paris, and/or New York, you can follow along with the stars and director Doug Liman as they interact with fans over social media between premieres.  There will also be an available livestream for each event.

Also starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX on June 6th.  Hit the jump for more on the Edge of Tomorrow premiere, and why this is one of my most-anticipated movies of the year.

First TV Spot for EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have released the first TV spot for Doug Liman’s sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier, and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt.   Since it looks like Cruise’s character will be dying many times, not all of the deaths are going to be super-heroic, and a couple of those less-than-prestigious fatalities are shown here.

Hit the jump to check out the Edge of Tomorrow TV spot.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riely, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

New Trailer for EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have released a new trailer for director Doug Liman’s (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier, and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt.  I really like the story, but it raises an important question: Is the gravity of a character’s repeated deaths cheapened by a reliance on action?  We could be looking at a case where the set pieces overshadow a strong story, but I hope that’s not the case.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riely, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh, Masayoshi Haneda, and Tony WayEdge of Tomorrow opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 6th.

Trailer Teaser for EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise; New Trailer to Be Released (Edge of) Tomorrow

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have released a trailer teaser for Edge of Tomorrow.  Based off a manga with a superior title (All You Need Is Kill), the film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier, and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt.  Or to put it another way: Groundhog Day with mech-suits.  I can get on board with that.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer teaser, and come back tomorrow to watch the full trailer.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver, and Jeremy PivenEdge of Tomorrow opens June 6th.

New Image from EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

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Warner Bros. has released a new image from director Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity) promising sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily BluntThe film’s first trailer put it squarely on my radar with it’s fascinating twist on a Groundhog Day-like premise, and this new image shows off the crazy mech suits that Cruise and Blunt’s characters wear.

Hit the jump to check out the new image.  The film also stars Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver, and Jeremy PivenEdge of Tomorrow opens June 6th.

Tom Cruise Exits THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Remake; John Lee Hancock to Rewrite Script

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When last we reported on MGM’s remake of The Magnificent Seven, screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) was working on the script and Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher) was attached to star.  What a difference a year makes.  Cruise has reportedly left the project, which is just one of a laundry list of remakes in development by the rejuvenated studio.  All is not lost with Cruise’s departure, however, as writer-director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) has come onto the project to rewrite Pizzolatto’s script.  Hit the jump for more.

GO LIKE HELL Wants Brad Pitt to Star with Tom Cruise

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If director Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) and 20th Century Fox have their way, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise could be reunited on screen for the first time since 1994′s Interview with a Vampire.  Cruise is already set to reunite with Kosinski, but the call is out to Pitt to star in the car-racing drama, Go Like Hell.  The picture is based on the A.J. Baime book, “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans“.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer and New Poster for EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt [Updated]

by     Posted 231 days ago

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Doug Liman’s sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow.  The film stars Tom Cruise as a military officer who is killed within minutes of a doomed combat mission to take down a hive-like alien race.  He wakes up and is forced to relive the day over and over again, but it allows him to become a better soldier and perhaps change his fate thanks to the help of a fellow officer played by Emily Blunt.  The film is essentially a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day, and judging by this first trailer Liman looks to have put together an intense and thrilling spin on a fascinating premise.  Though there are obviously plenty of CGI effects involved, the aesthetic has a more grounded and realistic nature to it, which is encouraging.  Moreover, it’s great to see a female lead that’s much more than a damsel in distress or simple love interest.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read our recap from the film’s Comic-Con panel.  The pic also stars Bill Paxton, Laura Pulver, and Jeremy PivenEdge of Tomorrow opens on June 6, 2014. [Update: Warner Bros. has also released a new poster for the film, which is now included after the jump.]

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