Edge of Tomorrow's U.S. Box Office Climbs to US$61 Million in 2nd Weekend

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Film's worldwide gross reaches US$241.7 million

The live-action Edge of Tomorrow film's domestic box office climbed to US$60,757,129 after its second weekend in theaters. Its rank dropped from #3 to #4, after Disney's reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and 22 Jump Street. It is currently screening in 3,505 theaters nationwide. Edge of Tomorrow has earned an additional US$70 million overseas last weekend for a new overseas total of US$181 million and a grand total of US$241.7 million.

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.

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