NEW YORK (AP) — With a $48.2 million debut, the young-adult romance “The Fault in Our Stars” thumped the time-shifting Tom Cruise action film “Edge of Tomorrow” at the weekend box office.

Tom Cruise Crumbles Before the Power of Young Adult Romance

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ansel Elgort, left, and Shailene Woodley appear in a scene from “The Fault In Our Stars.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, James Bridges)

According to studio estimates Sunday, “Fault” easily topped the big-budget “Edge of Tomorrow,” which took in $29.1 million. Despite some of the best reviews of Cruise’s career, his sci-fi thriller was no match for the highly-anticipated adaptation of John Green’s popular book.

Tom Cruise Crumbles Before the Power of Young Adult Romance

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Cruise in a scene from “Edge of Tomorrow.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Disney fairy tale “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie slid to second place in its second week, with $33.5 million.

But “The Fault in Our Stars,” starring Shailene Woodley, emerged on a busy moviegoing weekend by pulling in huge female crowds. Twentieth Century Fox said that 82 percent of its audience was female.