Box Office: 'The Fault in Our Stars' is Top-Selling Love Story in Fandango's History
The Fault in Our Stars has sold the most advance tickets of any romantic drama in Fandango's 14-year history, outpacing 2012's The Vow.
The 20th Century Fox release is also handily beating advance ticket sales for Tom Cruise's sci-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow. Both films open at the North American box office June 6. Edge of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, is selling more advance tickets than Cruise's last film, Oblivion, according to Fandango.
The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green's best-selling 2012 novel of the same name, stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as two young lovers who meet at a cancer support group, alongside Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell and Willem Dafoe.
Pre-release tracking suggests that Fault -- which cost just $12 million to make -- will open to $30 million-plus in North America, with some predicting a big upside, depending on whether older women flock to the movie (younger females are showing the biggest interest, followed by younger males). Either way, the movie has a shot at winning the weekend, depending on the strength of Maleficent in its second weekend.
The Vow debuted to $41.2 million over Valentine's Day weekend in 2012. The film, adapted from Kim and Krickitt Carpenter's novel by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, starred Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 consumers buying tickets for Fault, 81 percent have read the book, while 80 percent plan to see the movie with a group of friends. Nearly 65 percent said Woodley was a motivating factor in their wanting to view the film.