Following a string of weekends dominated by rampaging monsters, mutant superheroes and a Disney fairy tale villain, love-struck teens are likely to supply one of the summer's breakout hits.
The weepy love story "The Fault in Our Stars," opening this weekend, is expected to challenge Disney's "Maleficent" for the No. 1 box-office spot, while
"The Fault in Our Stars," the
The studio is projecting a more conservative $25 million, noting that "Maleficent" could draw female moviegoers away from the romantic drama based on the popular young-adult novel by
Either would be a strong result for a movie that cost just $12 million to make.
"Fault," directed by Josh Boone, stars Woodley and
A gross of $40 million in its first weekend would put "Fault" in the league of
"Maleficent," the revisionist take on the
New big-budget science fiction will likely not fare so well.
Despite largely positive reviews, "Edge of Tomorrow," from
The Doug Liman-directed, Emily Blunt costarring action adventure features Tom Cruise as an officer who dies over and over in a war with aliens.
The time-loop plot device has inspired comparisons to
Cruise's box-office track record has been mixed at home. A $25-million opening for "Edge of Tomorrow" would be better than the $15-million nationwide debut for