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Published : 2014-06-09 20:23
Updated : 2014-06-09 20:23

LOS ANGELES, June 08, 2014 (AFP) ― Romantic drama “The Fault in our Stars” ― a love story about teenagers who meet at a cancer support group ― soared at the North American box office, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The movie, based on a popular young adult novel by John Green, raked in $48.2 million in its opening weekend, pushing last week’s number one “Maleficent” down to the number two slot.

“Maleficent” ― starring and produced by megastar Angelina Jolie ― is a modern retelling of the life of Sleeping Beauty’s arch-nemesis.

The wicked witch who has haunted generations of children earned a still impressive $33.5 million in its second weekend in theaters, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

Tom Cruise roared back into the top ten with action flick “Edge of Tomorrow,” in which he stars as a soldier caught in a time loop as he battles aliens. The new release earned $29.1 million, good enough for third place.

Another time-bending movie, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” fell to fourth place with only $14.7 million in its third weekend out.

And cowboy comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” which stars comedian Seth MacFarlane as a sheep farmer in 1880s Arizona, sank to fifth with $7.2 million in ticket sales.

“Godzilla,” which features “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston as a tortured Japanese-speaking scientist battling to save humanity, was in sixth with just under $6 million.

And “Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a couple living next door to a raucous fraternity house, earned just under $5.2 million and landed in seventh.

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