B.O. Roundup, May 30-June 1: 'Maleficent' Reigns at the Box Office

Sunday, 01 June 2014 12:09 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, May 30-June 1: 'Maleficent' Reigns at the Box Office

Angelina Jolie enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of her career thanks to Maleficent.

Disney's live action riff on Sleeping Beauty debuted atop the box office heap, while Seth MacFarlane's first foray as a leading man was a commercial shamblefest.

The last time audiences saw Jolie onscreen, it was in 2010's The Tourist.  With her return, she stars as one of the most memorable villains in Disney's classic animated stable.  A huge hype campaign, PG rating, smart release date, lavish visual effects, and fairy tale familiarity all helped Maleficent open to an estimated $70 million from 3,948 theaters in North America.

Of recent similar big-budget fairy tale movies, that's not too shabby.  It's significantly better than Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million), but way short of Disney's own Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million) and Oz the Great and Powerful ($79.1 million).

The studio and star should be pleased that Maleficent is performing more robustly than Oz abroad.  The first movie for director Robert Stromberg opened in 47 international markets this weekend, earning an estimated $100.6 million.

With not much competition for families until How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in two weeks, Maleficent should continue to hold well, especially since exit polls audiences are responding much more positively than critics.

Last week's champ, X-Men: Days of Future Past follows Maleficent with $32.0 million at the domestic box office, declining 64% from its debut frame.

And, in third place, there's A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Two summers ago, Family Guy and American Dad! creator Seth MacFarlane's feature directorial debut Ted opened big to $54.4 million.

For his follow-up, MacFarlane skipped the motion capture and opted to star, but the response to A Million Ways to Die in the West suggests that may have put some people off.  The comedy debuted to an estimated $17.0 million from 3,158 theaters, well below the $24 million that Universal was projecting.

Here are the top ten movies in North America for the weekend:

1. Maleficent.....................................................................$70.0 million..............New Release

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past........................................$32.6 million..............$162.0 million

3. A Million Ways to Die in the West..............................$17.0 million..............New Release

4. Godzilla........................................................................$12.2 million..............$174.6 million

5. Blended........................................................................$8.4 million................$29.6 million

6. Neighbors....................................................................$7.7 million................$128.6 million

7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2........................................$3.7 million................$192.7 million

8. Million Dollar Arm........................................................$3.7 million................$28.0 million

9. Chef..............................................................................$2.0 million................$6.9 million

10. The Other Woman.....................................................$1.4 million................$81.1 million

IAR has a whole lot of Maleficent goodies to offer.  Check out an exclusive video interview with Robert Stromberg by clicking here, or see exclusive interviews with stars Elle Fanning and Brenton Thwaites by following this link and this one too.

Next Friday, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt face off against Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, with Edge of Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Stars both opening nationwide.


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