Weeping Fans Flood Theaters at The Fault in Our Stars Premiere
June 7, 2014, 7:35 a.m.
Movie theaters nationwide are facing major clean-up costs following last night’s premiere of the film, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by John Green. Moviegoers wept so much during the film that many theaters experienced water damage, and numerous multiplexes across the country were entirely flooded by tears. In Orlando, Florida, groups of teenagers, who had flocked to the first showing at a local mall, had to be rescued in row boats, which were borrowed from a nearby sporting goods store. “I am soooo devastated, but it was entirely worth it,” said Allison Tyler as she was helped into a boat, her chest heaving and her cheeks still wet with tears. “I reached down to pick up my popcorn off the floor, and it had floated away,” recounted Tony Wilson outside a cinema in San Diego. In Hollywood, director Josh Boone has hailed the flooding as an unfortunate yet necessary side effect of the artistic success of his movie, which stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenaged lovers who meet at their cancer support group. Theater owners are not as pleased with the movie’s reception. “I don’t know who this John Green guy is,” said Norman, Oklahoma, theater manager Bob Watkins, “but he had better hope that my insurance will cover this mess.” Many theaters will be closed for the remainder of the weekend while work crews mop up the surrounding areas, leading to a significant loss of income. Author and popular internet celebrity John Green could not be reached for comment.
Photo captions. Above: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Englort in The Fault in Our Stars. Below: Parking lot flooded by tears at the Twin Creek movie theater in Bellevue, Nebraska.