Stars align for teen romance; The Rover struggles

17 June, 2014 by Emily Blatchford

Fox’s emotional teen drama/romance The Fault in Our Stars continues to top the Australian box office in the second week of its release.

Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort and based on John Green’s book of the same name, the film follows the plight of two teenagers who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.


The film raked in $2,438,860 over 320 screens, averaging $7,621 per screen, bringing its Aus box office total to $8,097,217 so far. 

Another win for Fox is the sequel to the 2010 hit How to Train Your Dragon. The follow up film, How to Train Your Dragon 2, is a computer-animated action-fantasy voiced by an illustrious line up of stars, including Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristin Wiig and Jonah Hill.

In its second week of preview screenings, the movie amassed an impressive $2,170,106 over 484 screens, taking its total tally to $ 5,233,677.

Roadshow’s sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow may have the star power of Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise, but the film failed to crack the number one slot in its opening weekend and has since slid 41% to third position in its second week of release.

Cruise stars as an officer who gets caught in a time loop while at battle with an alien race. Blunt is the Special Forces Warrior who helps bring him up to speed.

The film brought in $1,773,797 over 437 screens, taking its total Aus box office to $6,219,774.

Walt Disney’s reimagining of fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, raked in a solid $1,733,704 in its third week, bringing its box office total to $11,164,277. Angelina Jolie stars in the title role while Elle Fanning plays Aurora.

Despite the much-hyped reunion of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, the duo’s new film Blended opened at fifth place. Distributed by Warner Bros, the rom-com follows the Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) who, after a disastrous blind date, then find themselves at the same South African holiday resort. It pulled in $1,315,202 over 207 screens.

Critic reviews have been less than encouraging, with the film currently only scoring a 14% approval rate at Rotten

Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, now in its fourth week, took $1,230,901over 389 screens, bringing its box office total to $20,632,776. The superhero action flick sees Wolverine (famously played by Aussie Hugh Jackman) sent back into the past to change history and thus save the lives of future humans and mutants.

Brainchild of US comedian Seth McFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West, lagged in its third week of release with takings of $639,249 across 239 screens. The Western gross out comedy, distributed by Universal, stars McFarlane and Charlize Theron and has so far brought in an Aus box office total of $5,313,357.

The poorly-reviewed Grace of Monaco also didn’t fare well in its second week, taking $333,830 across 206 screens. Distributed by Entertainment One, the Grace Kelly biopic has so far brought in $1,300,045.

Universal’s Bad Neighbours is still around in its sixth week of release, taking $312,173 across 147 screens. The comedy, which stars Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, has so far amassed $17,709,742.

In tenth place, Madman’s quirky road trip comedy The Trip to Italy raked in $299,930 over 58 screens in its third week of release. It’s Aus box office total to date is $1,729,152.

Finally, David Michȏd’s highly anticipated second featureThe Rover failed to grab audiences despite receiving positive reviews. Shown on 41 screens, the drama took a disappointing $142,996 in its opening weekend. Distributed by Roadshow, the film is set ten years after an undated future economic collapse and follows a desperate loner (Guy Pearce) who is trying to track down his car after it is stolen. When wounded gang member Rey (Robert Pattinson) shows promise of knowing where it may be, he is taken along for the ride.