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Edge of Tomorrow Is Cruise's 1st Non-Franchise Film to Earn US$100 Million in 9 Years

posted on by Tiara Hamilton

The American live-action Edge of Tomorrow film passed the US$100 million mark at the U.S. domestic box office, making it the first non-franchise Tom Cruise film to do so since War of the Worlds in 2005.

Domestically, it made about three times more than its US$28 million opening, and has overall brought in US$364,282,370 worldwide. The film managed to beat out a few other Tom Cruise-led films, including Jack Reacher (US$80M), Knight and Day (US$76M), Oblivion (US$89M), Rock of Ages (US$38M), Valkyrie (US$83M), and Lions for Lambs (US$15M).

The live-action Edge of Tomorrow film is currently ranked #12 worldwide box office grosses among this year's films so far.

The film opened in 3D, 2D, and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on June 6, after opening in select international theaters the week before. The film has an estimated production budget of US$178 million.

Edge of Tomorrow is based on the novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The film stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Charlotte Riley, Kick Gurry, Bill Paxton, Kidus Henok, Tony Way, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Warner Bros. describes the story:

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Viz Media published Sakurazaka's novel in English to launch its Haikasoru imprint for Japanese science fiction and fantasy in 2009. The book's cover art was drawn by Yoshitoshi ABe (Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei). Viz also released a one-volume full-color graphic novel adaptation of the story on May 6. Nick Mamatas (Move Under Ground) adapted the story and Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury) drew the art.

The novel spawned a manga by artist Takeshi Obata (Hikaru no Go, Death Note, Bakuman) and writer Ryōsuke Takeuchi (ST&RS) in Shueisha's Young Jump magazine in January, and the final chapter was published on May 29. Sakurazaka is working on a sequel novel.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip

[Via Dark Horizons]

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