23 May 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Edge of Tomorrow” and “Maleficent” will face off at the global box office next week in what is shaping up to be a true test of international star power.

Warner Bros., the studio behind “Edge of Tomorrow,” is mobilizing for an ambitious overseas debut even as initial tracking suggests that the Tom Cruise film faces fierce headwinds at the domestic box office. True movie stars, those actors and actresses who can ensure big opening weekends on their name alone, may be a diminishing breed, but the studio believes Cruise is still enough of a draw to pack in foreign audiences.

“He has a very strong track record with international audiences and it’s a terrific film that’s getting a great reaction,” said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution at Warner Bros. “We’re in it for the long haul and we think it’s going to play very well in a congested marketplace. »


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