Last summer, the box office potency of YA author John Green flexed its muscle when The Fault in Our Stars debuted to $48 million. On Friday, Paper Towns arrives and it’s another adaptation from one of Green’s bestsellers. It is expected that the involvement of his name alone should propel Towns to a healthy start.
The teen drama stars relative unknowns (though probably not for long) Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff. Reviews have been fairly strong and it currently holds a solid 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s easy to imagine that Towns will succeed in bringing in a hefty portion of its intended younger female demographic.
That said, nobody expects it to reach the heights of Stars and it shouldn’t. It could over perform and take in $30M+, but I feel a more likely scenario is an opening in the mid to high 20s. Either way, considering its tiny reported $2.4 budget, 20th Century Fox should be celebrating next weekend.
Paper Towns opening weekend prediction: $26.8 million
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