Credit: Walt Disney Studios

'Maleficent' conjures $70 million, 'Million' Dies


Credit: Disney.com

Credit: Disney.com

Maleficent has given the month of May five straight weekends of a film opening to more than $50 million, with four of them opening to at least $70 million. Disney’s feminist revisionist take on Maleficent paid off, and it reaffirmed Angelina Jolie is still one of Hollywood’s most bankable actresses.

The other new release was A Million Ways to Die Ignominiously Opposite a Disney Film. No, that’s not it. Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West dipped in tracking the closer it got, and maybe word spread of its mostly negative reviews. (Its current RottenTomato rank stands at 33%.) MacFarlane might not be leading man material, but as a voice, well, let’s just say the grosses for Ted 2 will make it all better.

X-Men: Days of Future Past had its expected dip, and it’s on pace to outgross The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Weep not for Spidey, though. His international gross stands at $690 million.

For the weekend of May 30-June 1, 2014:

1. Maleficent – $70 million – 1 wk (BV)
. . . 3948 screens / $17,730 per screen
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $32.6 ($162.07) – 2 wks (Fox) -64.1%
. . . 4001 / $8148
3. A Million Ways to Die in the West – $17.07 – 1 wk (U)
. . . 3158 / $5405
4. Godzilla – $12.23 ($174.66) – 3 wks (WB) -60.5%
. . . 3501 / $3492
5. Blended – $8.43 ($29.63) – 2 wks (WB) -41%
. . . 3555 / $2370
6. Neighbors – $7.72 ($128.6) – 4 wks (U) -45%
. . . 2939 / $2625
7. The Amazing Spder-Man 2 – $3.78 ($192.73) – 5 wks (Sony) -51.7%
. . . 2152 / $1754
8. Million Dollar Arm – $3.7 ($28.1) – 3 wks (BV) -46.9%
. . . 2329 / $1589
9. Chef – $2.01 ($6.92) – 4 wks (ORF) -11.4%
. . . 624 / $3220
10. The Other Woman – $1.43 ($81.11) – 6 wks (Fox) -61.6%
. . . 1114 / $1279

Opens Friday
EDGE OF TOMORROW with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Egbert.

Tags: A Million Ways To Die In The West Angelina Jolie Godzilla Maleficent Seth MacFarlane The Amazing Spider-Man 2 X-Men Days Of Future Past

  • Salini

    It’s time Hollywood starting making some movies with substance if they want a better audience. If you’re over 25, watching endless movies made from comics or car race themes with thin plotlines and cartoonish characters gets old fast. Oscar season is when the real quality films come out. Make more unforgettable films like The Book Thief, The Butler, 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Philomena, Gravity, Saving Mr. Banks, Labor Day, and American Hustle. We want to support you but can’t when your movies aren’t worth the price of admission. I’m going to Maleficent tonight, it’s the only decent film on the entire roster of flicks for quite some time.