Weekend B.O. June 6-8 (The Power Of Teenage Girl Audiences, And A Question)

Weekend B.O. June 6-8 (The Power Of Teenage Girl Audiences, And A Question)

It goes without saying that I’m not a teenage girl, so I had
no idea what the hell “The Fault In Our
Stars” was all about, let alone even heard of it before. It’s a huge bestselling
novel about teenage love and angst, involving two cancer-stricken teenagers, that
evidently struck a chord with millions of teen girls.

Yet even after reading the premise of the book and film, I
can’t believe that so many women would fall for something that is so obviously overly cloying, embarrassingly sentimental balderdash.
But then again, I’m not a teenage girl, so what do I know? A friend of mine knew that it was going to be a big hit, when he walked out of a movie theater Friday
afternoon, and saw a line of teen girls outside the theater, down the street, and around the block. It was such a big hit that it performed even better than what
people expected.

“Stars” this weekend was No. 1, with a stunning $48.2 million million, which is almost $15 million more than what was the general consensus on what the film
would make this weekend. And with a very modest $12 million budget, “Stars” is not only already profitable, but will become one of the most profitable films released this
year, along with “Neighbors.”

Which brings up a question I have just to ask, this being
S & A and all. Is there a similar untapped market out there for films
geared toward young black teenage girls? By that, I mean, sappy, sentimental,
romantic dramedies for young black teenage girls; Essentially, if “Stars” was made with an all black cast, would it do well enough to be a big hit? I don’t see young black women going
for this kind of sappy stuff, but then again, I’m not a young black teenage
girl. You tell me.

Last week’s number one film, “Maleficent,” dropped some 51%, to come in second, with a still very impressive $33.5 million, also proving the box office power of young female moviegoers.

The Tom
Cruise/Doug Liman sci-fi “Edge of
Tomorrow,” which is, without a doubt, one of the best films and best
reviewed films of the summer, came in third with $29 million. With a whopping
reported $175 million budget, that’s
a huge disappointment, and calls into question again, whether Tom Cruise is still a major move star, or if his appeal has faded over the years?

It’s a shame too since “Tomorrow” is easily one of his best films in years, and the best film that Liman
has done. If the film had opened later in the year, instead of going up against
other huge summer blockbusters, maybe it would have had a better chance. The only
hope is that the foreign box-office, where Cruise is still considered a major
movie star, can somewhat offset the lackluster performance of the film in the
States. And it looks like that may be the film’s salvation, in terms of box office. The film
had spectacular openings in Russia,
Australia, Korea and China, with
the biggest opening for any Cruise film in China and Russia. It opened up
last week in 36 foreign territories, with a total, so far, of over $111 million.

As for “Belle,”
it’s in 11th place, with just over $7.5 million in 476 screens:

1) The Fault in our Stars Fox $48,200,000
2) Maleficent BV $33,523,000  Total: $127,370,000 
3) Edge of Tomorrow WB $29,105,000 
4) X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox $14,700,000 Total $189,101,000 
5) A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni. $7,189,000 Total $30,088,000 
6) Godzilla WB $5,950,000 Total  $185,043,000 
7) Neighbors Uni. $5,201,000 Total: $137,801,000 
8) Blended WB $4,050,000 Total $36,509,000 
9) Chef ORF $2,600,000 Total $10,362,000 
10) Million Dollar Arm BV $1,822,000 Total $31,347,000 
11) Belle FoxS $765,000 Total $7,579,000 
12) Rio 2 Fox $735,000 Total $125,645,000 

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Some girls don't like drippy, fake love stories and went to the see the Tom Cruise movie, which was GREAT! And there were more Black people in that one, and a powerful woman at the center of it, not some chick dying.

Monique A Williams

My 13 year old daughter and her bestie RAN to the theaters Saturday to see this. They have been waiting for months. Black girls who read the book watched the film. Not unreasonable.


Wow, this post is dripping with misogyny.


I know of many Black teenage girls who went to see TFIOS and LOVED it. Sappy stuff works lol. Did for me when I was 16.

But I do wish we had more stories like this on screen with young POC protagonists. A teenage love story. For my gen, It was Love & Basketball. I know for a lot of girls a wee bit younger than me, it was ATL (with T.I. and Lauren London).

Dave's Deluxe

Howdy Sergio. To answer your questions (in my opinion):

1. You are forgetting to consider (at least in your piece above) that "Stars" has a HUGE social media following; the trades were tracking this juggernaut all week. Black or white, teenagers are all on the social media, so my answer would be "yes", there is a movie that can tap into young black teen angst if social media is used properly.

2. I think it's 50/50: folks are a bit burned out on Tom Cruise, but also they are burned out on huge action tentpoles as well. Figure in the cost of a movie ticket, and Tom's movie simply had a been-there-done-that feel to it.

(Will Smith's got the same "exposure fatigue"…particularly after exploiting his charisma-free showbiz-kids down the throats of audiences. Can't say I blame him though, I'd have probably done the same thing given the same entitled opportunity; black man's gotta make a dollar in this country whenever he can, no joke.)

Miles Ellison

It was a film based on a bestselling book that a LOT of teenage girls read. This shouldn't be a surprise. The film wasn't made for adults. Sentimental shopping mall food court romance porn sells.


@ Sergio
You haven't seen the real power of teenage girls! These girls will keep going back to watch this movie and keep this movie at the #1 spot for weeks. Good luck to Think Like a Man Too because they are in for a challenged.

Tom Cruise can't be feeling too pleased at coming in at #3 behind a movie that was out a week ago! It wasn't even close either… 4M and then some! Maybe he should have chosen a black co-star and those numbers would have been higher.

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