June 8, 2014 / 4:45 PM / 3 years ago

Teen tearjerker 'Fault in Our Stars' trounces Tom Cruise flick

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) - "The Fault in Our Stars," a heart-wrenching love story about teens who meet in a cancer support group, won over moviegoers with a stellar $48.2 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend.

It easily beat the debut of Tom Cruise's new big-budget sci-fi action film "Edge of Tomorrow", which had to settle for third place with $29.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

"Maleficent," starring Angelina Jolie in Walt Disney Co's reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, took in $33.5 million from Friday through Sunday to finish second.

"The Fault in Our Stars," based on a best-selling book by John Green, stars Shailene Woodley as a teen girl who wheels around an oxygen tank as she fights metastatic cancer. Ansel Elgort plays her boyfriend, who lost a leg to the disease.

"Edge of Tomorrow" stars Cruise as a military public relations specialist who finds himself forced onto the front lines and relives the same battle over and over. Emily Blunt co-stars as the army's celebrated fighter.

"The Fault in Our Stars" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of 21st Century Fox. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, released "Edge of Tomorrow." (Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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