Think love can’t triumph over alien battles? Think again.
In anticipation of its Friday opening, “The Fault in Our Stars,” the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of John Green’s bestselling 2012 Young Adult novel, is beating Fandango advance ticket sales for Tom Cruise’s sci-fi actioner ” Edge of Tomorrow.”
“Fault” is industry-tracking to make in the neighborhood of $30 million its opening weekend. “Edge” is looking to rake in $25 million or just above.
Not only that, but “Fault” is boasting an even more prestigious honor: Director Josh Boone’s movie has sold the most advance tickets of any romantic drama in Fandango’s 14-year history.
The previous record-holder was 2012’s “The Vow.” That movie, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, grossed $41 million its opening weekend, on its way to more than $125 million at the U.S. box office.
But “The Vow” couldn’t boast the drawing power of “Divergent” star Shailene Woodley, who stars as cancer-stricken teen Hazel Grace Lancaster, in love with Augustus (Gus) Waters (Ansel Elgort), himself a teenage survivor of cancer.
Nor did it have the extraordinary juggernaut – and Internet fandom — of Green and his book behind it. “Fault” is beloved among young readers, who’ve made the novel, its characters and its phrases part of their everyday lives.
“I don’t think I could have imagined the story resonating so wildly,” Green told the Daily News last week. “I hoped [the film] would find an audience outside of the core audience of my books.”
Green said that making the movie – he was on the Pittsburgh set every day – was “a dream experience.”
SOURCE: JOE NEUMAIER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS